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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) publishes a list of information collection packages that will require clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in compliance with Public Law 104-13, the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, effective October 1, 1995. The information collection packages that may be included in this notice are new information collections.

SSA is soliciting comments on the accuracy of the agency's burden estimate; the need for the information; its practical utility; ways to enhance its quality, utility, and clarity; and on ways to minimize burden on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Written comments and recommendations regarding the information collection(s) should be submitted to the OMB Desk Officer and the SSA Reports Clearance Officer. The information can be mailed and/or faxed to the individuals at the addresses and fax numbers listed below:

(OMB), Office of Management and Budget, Attn: Desk Officer for SSA, New Executive Building, Room 10235, 725 17th St., NW., Washington, DC 20503, Fax: 202-395-6974. Start Printed Page 45880

(SSA), Social Security Administration, DCFAM, Attn: Reports Clearance Officer, 1338 Annex Building, 6401 Security Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21235, Fax: 410-965-6400.

I. The information collections listed below are pending at SSA and will be submitted to OMB within 60 days from the date of this notice. Therefore, your comments should be submitted to SSA within 60 days from the date of this publication. You can obtain copies of the collection instruments by calling the SSA Reports Clearance Officer at 410-965-0454 or by writing to the address listed above.

1. Application for Medicare Prescription Drug Cost-Sharing Subsidy—0960-NEW. The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (Pub. L. 108-173; MMA) establishes a new Medicare Part D program for voluntary prescription drug coverage for premium, deductible and cost-sharing subsidies for certain low-income individuals. The MMA stipulates that subsidies must be available for individuals who are eligible for the program and who meet eligibility criteria for subsidization of premium, deductible, and/or co-payment costs. Form SSA-1020, the Application for Medicare Prescription Drug Cost-Sharing Subsidy, collects information about an applicant's income and assets and is thus used by SSA to determine eligibility for this assistance. The respondents are individuals who are eligible for enrollment in the new program and are requesting assistance with the related costs.

Type of Request: New information collection.

Number of Respondents: 5,000,000.

Frequency of Response: 1.

Average Burden Per Response: 35 minutes.

Estimated Annual Burden: 2,916,667 hours.

2. Request for Appeal of Medicare Part D Subsidy Determination—0960-NEW. The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (Pub. L. 108-173; MMA) establishes a new Medicare Part D program for voluntary prescription drug coverage and provides for premium, deductible, and cost-sharing subsidies for certain low-income individuals. An individual must be entitled to benefits under Medicare Part A or be enrolled in Medicare Part B to qualify for subsidization. SSA will make subsidy eligibility determinations and appeal decisions for voluntary Medicare prescription drug coverage. Form SSA-1021, the Request for Appeal of Medicare Part D Subsidy Determinations, was developed to obtain information from individuals who appeal SSA's decisions regarding eligibility or continuing eligibility for a Medicare Part D subsidy. The respondents are applicants who are appealing SSA's eligibility or continuing eligibility decisions.

Type of Request: New information collection.

Number of Respondents: 37,500.

Frequency of Response: 1.

Average Burden Per Response: 8 minutes.

Estimated Annual Burden: 5,000 hours.

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Dated: July 26, 2004.

Elizabeth A. Davidson,

Reports Clearance Officer, Social Security Administration.

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[FR Doc. 04-17353 Filed 7-29-04; 8:45 am]

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