The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) sponsored information collection request (ICR) titled, “Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act,” to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for continued use, without change, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. Public comments on the ICR are invited.
The OMB will consider all written comments that agency receives on or before March 30, 2015.
A copy of this ICR with applicable supporting documentation; including a description of the likely respondents, proposed frequency of response, and estimated total burden may be obtained free of charge from the RegInfo.gov Web site at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=201412-1210-002 (this link will only become active on the day following publication of this notice) or by contacting Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-4129, TTY 202-693-8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.
Submit comments about this request by mail or courier to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for DOL-EBSA, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503; by Fax: 202-395-5806 (this is not a toll-free number); or by email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov. Commenters are encouraged, but not required, to send a courtesy copy of any comments by mail or courier to the U.S. Start Printed Page 10720Department of Labor-OASAM, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Attn: Departmental Information Compliance Management Program, Room N1301, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; or by email: DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.
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Contact Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-4129, TTY 202-693-8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.
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This ICR seeks to extend PRA authority for the “Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act” information collection. The information collection requires any plan established or maintained by certain religious employers (and group health insurance coverage provided in connection with such a plan) claiming exemption to providing contraceptive service to self-certify that it meets the definition of an eligible organization. The eligible organization provides its health insurance issuer or third-party administrator with a copy of the self-certification. A third-party administrator arranging or providing payments for contraceptive services at no cost to participants and beneficiaries in insured or self-insured plans (or student enrollees and covered dependents in student health insurance coverage) of an eligible organization is to provide a written notice to plan participants and beneficiaries (or such student enrollees and covered dependents) informing them of the availability of such payments. The notice must be provided contemporaneous with (to the extent possible) but separate from plan enrollment (or re-enrollment) materials, and must specify that contraceptive coverage will not be provided by the eligible organization but that the third-party administrator will separately arrange or provide payments for contraceptive services. The notice must also provide contact information for the third-party administrator for questions and complaints. To satisfy the notice requirement, a third-party administrator may use the model language set forth in the final regulations or substantially similar language. Form EBSA-700, Eligible Organization Self-Certification, may be used to make the certification to the insurer. Interim final regulations issued in 2014 provide for an alternative notification to the Federal government when an eligible organization has a religious objection to providing contraceptive coverage that still preserves participants' and beneficiaries' access to coverage for the full range of Food and Drug Administration approved contraceptives, as prescribed by a health care provider, without cost sharing. Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 section 307 authorizes this collection. See 29 U.S.C. 1185b.
This information collection is subject to the PRA. A Federal agency generally cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and the public is generally not required to respond to an information collection, unless it is approved by the OMB under the PRA and displays a currently valid OMB Control Number. In addition, notwithstanding any other provisions of law, no person shall generally be subject to penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information that does not display a valid Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6. The DOL obtains OMB approval for this information collection under Control Number 1210-0150.
OMB authorization for an ICR cannot be for more than three (3) years without renewal, and the current approval for this collection is scheduled to expire on February 28, 2015. The DOL seeks to extend PRA authorization for this information collection for three (3) more years, without any change to existing requirements. The DOL notes that existing information collection requirements submitted to the OMB receive a month-to-month extension while they undergo review. For additional substantive information about this ICR, see the related notice published in the Federal Register on December 11, 2014 (79 FR 73629).
Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the OMB, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the address shown in the ADDRESSES section within thirty (30) days of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. In order to help ensure appropriate consideration, comments should mention OMB Control Number 1210-0150. The OMB is particularly interested in comments that:
- Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;
- Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
- Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and
- Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.
Title of Collection: Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act.
OMB Control Number: 1210-0150.
Affected Public: Private Sector—businesses or other for-profits and not-for-profit institutions.
Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 61.
Total Estimated Number of Responses: 61.
Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 51 hours.
Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $33.
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Dated: February 23, 2015.
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2015-04095 Filed 2-26-15; 8:45 am]
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