Proposed Extension of Information Collection; Request for Public Comment Notice of Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion, 41055 [E6-11402]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 138 / Wednesday, July 19, 2006 / Notices Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Government. Type of Response: Recordkeeping; Reporting. Total Annualized Capital/Startup Costs: 0. Total Annual Costs (operating/ maintaining systems or purchasing services): 0. Description: Federal and military agencies must reimburse the Federal Employees Compensation Account for the amount expended for benefits to former Federal (civilian) employees and ex-servicemembers. The report informs ETA of the amount to bill such agencies. Ira L. Mills, Departmental Clearance Officer/Team Leader. [FR Doc. E6–11446 Filed 7–18–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–30–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employee Benefits Security Administration Proposed Extension of Information Collection; Request for Public Comment Notice of Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (Department), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)((A)). This program helps to ensure that the data the Department gathers can be provided in the desired format, that the reporting burden on the public (time and financial resources) is minimized, that the public understands the Department’s collection instruments, and that the Department can accurately assess the impact of collection requirements on respondents. Currently, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is soliciting comments concerning the extension of currently approved collections of information arising from the Department’s regulation at 29 CFR 2590.701–3, which requires group health plans and insurance issuers to provide certain notices regarding the pre-existing condition exclusions imposed under such plans to all participants under the plan and to specific individuals affected by the pre- VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:28 Jul 18, 2006 Jkt 208001 existing condition exclusions. A copy of the information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office shown in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office shown in the ADDRESSES section of this notice on or before September 18, 2006. ADDRESSES: Interested parties are invited to submit written comments regarding the information collection request and burden estimates to Susan G. Lahne, Office of Policy and Research, Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N–5718, Washington, DC 20210, (202) 693–8410, FAX (202) 219–4745 (these are not toll-free numbers). Comments may also be submitted electronically to the following Internet e-mail address: ebsa.opr@dol.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Regulation section 2590.701–3 requires group health plans imposing a pre-existing condition exclusion, and health insurance issuers offering group health insurance subject to a preexisting condition exclusion, to provide all participants under the plan a written general notice of the pre-existing condition and also to provide any affected individual a specific written notice describing the length of preexisting condition exclusion applicable to that individual under the plan after the plan or issuer has made a determination, for that individual, of creditable coverage. EBSA previously submitted an ICR with respect to these pre-existing condition exclusion notices to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review under the PRA and received approval under OMB Control No. 1210–0102. The ICR approval is currently scheduled to expire on October 31, 2006. II. Desired Focus of Comments The Department is particularly interested in comments that: • Evaluate whether the 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 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 PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 41055 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., by permitting electronic submission of responses. III. Current Action This notice requests comments on an extension of the information collections arising from the pre-existing condition exclusion notice requirements of 29 CFR 2590.701–3. The Department is not proposing or implementing any changes to the information collections at this time. A summary of the ICR and the current burden estimates follows: Agency: Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration. Title: Notice of Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of information. OMB Number: 1210–0102. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit; Not-for-profit institutions. Frequency of Response: On occasion. Respondents: 1,300,000. Responses: 2,700,000. Total Estimated Burden Hours: 2,289. Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $272,000. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of the extension of this ICR; they will also become a matter of public record. Dated: July 13, 2006. Susan G. Lahne, Office of Policy and Research, Employee Benefits Security Administration. [FR Doc. E6–11402 Filed 7–18–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–20–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employee Benefits Security Administration Proposed Extension of Information Collection; Request for Public Comment Establishing Prior Creditable Coverage ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (Department), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing E:\FR\FM\19JYN1.SGM 19JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 138 (Wednesday, July 19, 2006)]
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[FR Doc No: E6-11402]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employee Benefits Security Administration


Proposed Extension of Information Collection; Request for Public 
Comment Notice of Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (Department), as part of its 
continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a 
preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and 
Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and 
continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)((A)). This program 
helps to ensure that the data the Department gathers can be provided in 
the desired format, that the reporting burden on the public (time and 
financial resources) is minimized, that the public understands the 
Department's collection instruments, and that the Department can 
accurately assess the impact of collection requirements on respondents.
    Currently, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is 
soliciting comments concerning the extension of currently approved 
collections of information arising from the Department's regulation at 
29 CFR 2590.701-3, which requires group health plans and insurance 
issuers to provide certain notices regarding the pre-existing condition 
exclusions imposed under such plans to all participants under the plan 
and to specific individuals affected by the pre-existing condition 
exclusions. A copy of the information collection request (ICR) can be 
obtained by contacting the office shown in the ADDRESSES section of 
this notice.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office shown in the 
ADDRESSES section of this notice on or before September 18, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties are invited to submit written comments 
regarding the information collection request and burden estimates to 
Susan G. Lahne, Office of Policy and Research, Employee Benefits 
Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution 
Avenue NW., Room N-5718, Washington, DC 20210, (202) 693-8410, FAX 
(202) 219-4745 (these are not toll-free numbers). Comments may also be 
submitted electronically to the following Internet e-mail address: 
ebsa.opr@dol.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    Regulation section 2590.701-3 requires group health plans imposing 
a pre-existing condition exclusion, and health insurance issuers 
offering group health insurance subject to a pre-existing condition 
exclusion, to provide all participants under the plan a written general 
notice of the pre-existing condition and also to provide any affected 
individual a specific written notice describing the length of pre-
existing condition exclusion applicable to that individual under the 
plan after the plan or issuer has made a determination, for that 
individual, of creditable coverage. EBSA previously submitted an ICR 
with respect to these pre-existing condition exclusion notices to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review under the PRA and 
received approval under OMB Control No. 1210-0102. The ICR approval is 
currently scheduled to expire on October 31, 2006.

II. Desired Focus of Comments

    The Department is particularly interested in comments that:
     Evaluate whether the 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 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., by 
permitting electronic submission of responses.

III. Current Action

    This notice requests comments on an extension of the information 
collections arising from the pre-existing condition exclusion notice 
requirements of 29 CFR 2590.701-3. The Department is not proposing or 
implementing any changes to the information collections at this time. A 
summary of the ICR and the current burden estimates follows:
    Agency: Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security 
Administration.
    Title: Notice of Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of 
information.
    OMB Number: 1210-0102.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; Not-for-profit 
institutions.
    Frequency of Response: On occasion.
    Respondents: 1,300,000.
    Responses: 2,700,000.
    Total Estimated Burden Hours: 2,289.
    Total Burden Cost (Operating and Maintenance): $272,000.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of the extension of 
this ICR; they will also become a matter of public record.

    Dated: July 13, 2006.
Susan G. Lahne,
Office of Policy and Research, Employee Benefits Security 
Administration.
[FR Doc. E6-11402 Filed 7-18-06; 8:45 am]
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