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Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

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Agency: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS.

In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) (formerly known as the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA)), Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing the following summary of proposed collections for public comment. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency's functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden.

Type of Information Collection Request: New collection.

Title of Information Collection: Evaluation of the Illinois and Wisconsin State Pharmacy Assistance Waivers.

Form No.: CMS-10087 (OMB# 0938-NEW).

Use: CMS has implemented the Pharmacy Plus Initiative to grant Start Printed Page 37503waivers to states to provide pharmacy benefits to low-income elders with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid. This study will evaluate the Pharmacy Plus programs initiated in the states of Illinois and Wisconsin using a variety of methods including a descriptive program evaluation, survey of participants, analyses of drug utilization and costs as well as the cost impact to the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Frequency: Other: one-time only.

Affected Public: Individuals or Households.

Number of Respondents: 2,200.

Total Annual Responses: 2,200.

Total Annual Hours: 550.

To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access CMS Web site address at http://cms.hhs.gov/​regulations/​pra/​default.asp, or e-mail your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS document identifier, to Paperwork@cms.hhs.gov, or call the Reports Clearance Office on (410) 786-1326. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collections must be mailed within 30 days of this notice directly to the OMB desk officer: OMB Human Resources and Housing Branch, Attention: Brenda Aguilar, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, Fax Number: (202) 395-6974.

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Dated: June 12, 2003.

Dawn Willinghan,

CMS Reports Clearance Officer, Division of Regulations Development and Issuances, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs.

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[FR Doc. 03-15827 Filed 6-23-03; 8:45 am]

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