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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 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.

1. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension without change of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Creditable Coverage Disclosure to CMS On-Line Form and Instructions; Use: Most entities that currently provide prescription drug benefits to any Medicare Part D eligible individual must disclose to the CMS whether the prescription drug benefit that they offer is creditable. The disclosure is required to be provided annually and upon any change that affects whether the coverage is creditable prescription drug coverage. CMS released a Disclosure to CMS Guidance Paper and a disclosure to CMS notification on-line form in January 2006.

Section 1860D-1 of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) and implementing regulations at 42 CFR 423.56 requires that entities that offer prescription drug benefits under any of the types of coverage described in 42 CFR 423.56(b) provide a disclosure of creditable coverage to CMS informing us whether such coverage meets the actuarial requirements specified in guidelines provided by CMS. Form Number: CMS-10198 (OMB#: 0938-1013); Frequency: Reporting—Yearly and Semi-annually; Affected Public: Federal Government, Business or other for-profits and not-for-profit institutions, and State, Local, or Tribal Governments; Number of Respondents: 87,500; Total Annual Responses: 87,500; Total Annual Hours: 7,291.7. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact James Mayhew at 410-786-9244. For all other issues call 410-786-1326.)

To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access CMS' Web site at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/​PaperworkReductionActof1995, 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.

In commenting on the proposed information collections please reference the document identifier or OMB control number. To be assured consideration, Start Printed Page 42309comments and recommendations must be submitted in one of the following ways by October 20, 2009:

1. Electronically. You may submit your comments electronically to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for “Comment or Submission” or “More Search Options” to find the information collection document(s) accepting comments.

2. By regular mail. You may mail written comments to the following address: CMS, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Division of Regulations Development, Attention: Document Identifier/OMB Control Number (CMS-10198), Room C4-26-05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850.

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Dated: August 14, 2009.

Michelle Shortt,

Director, Regulations Development Group, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs.

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[FR Doc. E9-20128 Filed 8-20-09; 8:45 am]

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