The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on CMS' intention to collect information from the public. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of information, and to allow a second opportunity for public comment on the notice. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding the 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 Start Printed Page 41043technology to minimize the information collection burden.
Comments on the collection(s) of information must be received by the OMB desk officer by August 13, 2015.
When commenting on the proposed information collections, please reference the document identifier or OMB control number. To be assured consideration, comments and recommendations must be received by the OMB desk officer via one of the following transmissions:
OMB, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: CMS Desk Officer, Fax Number: (202) 395-5806 OR, Email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov
To obtain copies of a supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed collection(s) summarized in this notice, you may make your request using one of following:
1. Access CMS' Web site address at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PaperworkReductionActof1995.
2. Email your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS document identifier, to Paperwork@cms.hhs.gov.
3. Call the Reports Clearance Office at (410) 786-1326.
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Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. The term “collection of information” is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and includes agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) requires federal agencies to publish a 30-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, CMS is publishing this notice that summarizes the following proposed collection(s) of information for public comment:
1. Type of Information Collection Request: New collection (Request for a new OMB control number); Title of Information Collection: Data Submission for the Federally-faciliated Exchange User Fee Adjustment; Use: The final rule “Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act” published by the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Treasury, and Labor on July 2, 2013, sets forth regulations regarding coverage for certain preventive services under section 2713 of the Public Health Service Act, as added by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended, and incorporated into the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and the Internal Revenue Code. Section 2713 of the Public Health Service Act requires coverage without cost sharing of certain preventive health services, including certain contraceptive services, in non-exempt, non-grandfathered group health plans and health insurance coverage. The final rules establish accommodations with respect to group health plans established or maintained by eligible organizations (and group health insurance coverage offered in connection with such plans). Eligible organizations are required to self-certify that they are eligible for this accommodation and provide a copy of such self-certification to their third party administrators. The final rules also set forth processes and standards to fund the payments for the contraceptive services that are provided for participants and beneficiaries in self-insured plans of eligible organizations under the accommodation described previously, through an adjustment in the Federally-facilitated Exchange (FFE) user fee payable by an issuer participating in an FFE.
In order to facilitate the FFE user fee adjustment, and ensure that these user fee adjustments reflect payments for contraceptive services provided under this accommodation and that the adjustment is applied to the appropriate participating issuer in an FFE, the final rule requires an information collection from applicable participating issuers and third party administrators. In particular, the final regulations at 45 CFR 156.50(d)(2)(i) provide that a participating issuer who seeks an FFE user fee adjustment must submit to HHS in the year following the benefit year in which payments for contraceptive services were made under the previously mentioned accomodation, identifying information for the participating issuer, each third party administrator, and each self-insured group health plan, as well as the total dollar amount of the payments for contraceptive services that were provided during the applicable calendar year under the accommodation. The final regulation at 45 CFR 156.50(d)(2)(iii) also requires the third party administrator to submit to HHS identifying information for the third party administrator, the participating issuer, and each self-insured group health plan, as well as the total number of participants and beneficiaries in each self-insured group health plan during the applicable calendar year, the total dollar amount of payments made for contraceptive services, and an attestation that the payments for contraceptive services were made in compliance with 26 CFR 54.9815-2713A(b)(2) or 29 CFR 2590.715-2713A(b)(2).
Furthermore, to determine the potential number of submissions provided by third party administrators and allow HHS to prepare to receive submissions in calendar year 2015, the final regulation at 45 CFR 156.50(d)(2)(ii) requires third party administrators to submit to HHS a notification that the third party administrator intends for a participating issuer to seek an FFE user fee adjustment, by the later of January 1, 2014, or the 60th calendar day following the date on which the third party administrator receives a copy of a self-certification from an eligible organization. Additionally, a health insurance issuer providing payments for contraceptive services for participants and beneficiaries in insured plans (or student enrollees and covered dependents in student health insurance coverage) of eligible organizations to provide a written notice to such plan participants and beneficiaries (or such student enrollees and covered dependents) informing them of the availability of such payments.
The burden associated with these processes includes the time for applicable participating issuers and third party administrators to submit identifying information and total payments made for contraceptive services in the prior calendar year, and for third party administrators to notify HHS of their intent to seek the user fee adjustment. HHS estimates 488 third party administrators, 48 QHP issuers, and 325 fully insured issuers of eligible organizations will submit this information. HHS anticipates that participating issuers in an FFE seeking a user fee adjustment and third party administrators with respect to which the FFE user fee adjustment is received will submit this information electronically. Form Number: CMS-10492 (OMB control number: 0938—NEW); Frequency: Annually; Affected Public: Private sector (Business or other for-profits and Not-for-profit institutions); Number of Respondents: 861; Total Start Printed Page 41044Annual Responses: 861; Total Annual Hours: 12,930. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Jaya Ghildiyal at (301) 492-5149.)
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Dated: July 9, 2015.
William N. Parham, III,
Director, Paperwork Reduction Staff, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs.
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