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Deadline for Meeting Registration, Presentations and Comments: June 19, 2008, 12 noon, d.s.t. Deadline for Requesting Special Accommodations: June 12, 2008, 12 noon, d.s.t. ADDRESSES: Meeting Location: Four Points Hotel, 1201 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20005, (202) 349–2205. Meeting Registration, Presentations, and Written Comments: Lynne Johnson, Designated Federal Official, Division of Forum and Conference Development, Office of External Affairs, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Mailstop S1–05–06, Baltimore, MD 21244–1850 or contact Ms. Johnson via e-mail at Lynne.Johnson@cms.hhs.gov. Registration: The meeting is open to the public, but attendance is limited to the space available. Persons wishing to attend this meeting must register by contacting Lynne Johnson at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice or by telephone at (410) 786– 0090, by the date listed in the DATES section of this notice. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lynne Johnson, (410) 786–0090. Please refer to the CMS Advisory Committees’ Information Line (1–877–449–5659 toll free)/(410–786–9379 local) or the Internet (http://www.cms.hhs.gov/ FACA/04_APME.asp) for additional information and updates on committee activities. Press inquiries are handled through the CMS Press Office at (202) 690–6145. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 9(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) to establish an advisory panel if the Secretary determines that the panel is ‘‘in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed * * * by law.’’ Such duties are imposed by section 1804 of the Social Security Act (the Act), requiring the Secretary to provide informational materials to Medicare beneficiaries about the Medicare PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 30111 program, and section 1851(d) of the Act, requiring the Secretary to provide for ‘‘activities * * * to broadly disseminate information to [M]edicare beneficiaries * * * on the coverage options provided under [Medicare Advantage] in order to promote an active, informed selection among such options.’’ The Panel is also authorized by 1114(f) of the Act (42 U.S.C. 1311(f)) and section 222 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 217a). The Secretary signed the charter establishing this Panel on January 21, 1999 and approved the renewal of the charter on November 14, 2006. The establishment of the charter and the renewal of the charter were announced in the February 17, 1999 Federal Register (64 FR 7899), and the March 23, 2007 Federal Register (72 FR 13796), respectively. The Panel advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of consumer education strategies concerning the Medicare program. The Secretary delegates authority to the Administrator. The goals of the Panel are as follows: • To provide recommendations on the development and implementation of a national Medicare education program that describes the options for selecting a health plan and prescription drug plan under Medicare. • To enhance the Federal government’s effectiveness in informing the Medicare consumer, including the appropriate use of public-private partnerships. • To provide recommendations on how to expand outreach to vulnerable and underserved communities, including racial and ethnic minorities, in the context of a national Medicare education program. • To assemble an information base of best practices for helping consumers evaluate health plan options and build a community infrastructure for information, counseling, and assistance. The current members of the Panel are: Anita B. Boles, Executive Director, Society for the Arts in Healthcare; Gwendolyn T. Bronson, SHINE/SHIP Counselor, Massachusetts SHINE Program; Dr. Yanira Cruz, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Hispanic Council on Aging; Clayton Fong, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Asian Pacific Center on Aging; Nan Kirsten-Forte, Executive Vice President, Consumer Services, WebMD; Dr. Jessie C. Gruman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for the Advancement of Health; Dr. David Lansky, PhD., President and Chief E:\FR\FM\23MYN1.SGM 23MYN1 30112 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 101 / Friday, May 23, 2008 / Notices dwashington3 on PRODPC61 with NOTICES Executive Officer, Pacific Business Group on Health; Dr. Daniel Lyons, Senior Vice President, Government Programs, Independence Blue Cross; Dr. Frank B. McArdle, Manager, Hewitt Research Office, Hewitt Associates; Traci McClellan, J.D., Executive Director, National Indian Council on Aging; Dr. Keith Mueller, Professor and Section Head, Health Services Research and Rural Health Policy, University of Nebraska; Lee Partridge, Senior Health Policy Advisor, National Partnership for Women and Families; Gary A. Puckrein, PhD., President and Chief Executive Officer, National Minority Quality Forum; Rebecca Snead, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations; William A. Steel, Past President, The National Grange; Marvin Tuttle, Jr., CAE, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Financial Planning Association; Catherine Valenti, Consultant, American Academy of HIV Medicine; and Grant Wedner, Vice President, Partnerships and Corporate Development, Daily Strength, Inc. The agenda for the June 26, 2008 meeting will include the following: • Recap of the previous (March 11, 2008) meeting. • Medicare Outreach and Education Strategies. • Public Comment. • Listening Session with CMS Leadership. • Next Steps. Individuals or organizations that wish to make a 5-minute oral presentation on an agenda topic should submit a written copy of the oral presentation to Lynne Johnson at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice by the date listed in the DATES section of this notice. The number of oral presentations may be limited by the time available. Individuals not wishing to make a presentation may submit written comments to Ms. Johnson at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice by the date listed in the DATES section of this notice. Individuals requiring sign language interpretation or other special accommodations should contact Ms. Johnson at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice by the date listed in the DATES section of this notice. Authority: Sec. 222 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 217a) and sec. 10(a) of Pub. L. 92–463 (5 U.S.C. App. 2, sec. 10(a) and 41 CFR 102–3). (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program No. 93.733, Medicare—Hospital Insurance Program; and Program No. 93.774, Medicare—Supplementary Medical Insurance Program) VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:34 May 22, 2008 Jkt 214001 Dated: April 23, 2008. Kerry Weems, Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. [FR Doc. 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PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION I. Background A. Availability and Redistribution of SCHIP Fiscal Year Allotments Title XXI of the Social Security Act (the Act) sets forth the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to enable States, the District of Columbia, and specified Commonwealths and Territories to initiate and expand health insurance coverage to uninsured, lowincome children. The 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealths and Territories may implement the SCHIP through a separate child health program under title XXI of the Act, an expanded Medicaid program under Title XIX of the Act, or a combination of both. Federal funds appropriated for Title XXI are limited, and the law specifies a formula to divide the total annual appropriation into individual allotments available for each State, the District of Columbia, and each U.S. Territory and Commonwealth with an approved child health plan. 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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 101 (Friday, May 23, 2008)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

[CMS-7009-N]


Medicare Program; Announcement of Meeting of the Advisory Panel 
on Medicare Education, June 26, 2008

AGENCY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this 
notice announces a meeting of Advisory Panel on Medicare Education (the 
Panel). The Panel advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary of 
Health and Human Services and the Administrator of the Centers for 
Medicare & Medicaid Services on the effectiveness of consumer education 
strategies concerning the Medicare program. This meeting is open to the 
public.

DATES: Meeting Date: June 26, 2008 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., d.s.t.
    Deadline for Meeting Registration, Presentations and Comments: June 
19, 2008, 12 noon, d.s.t.
    Deadline for Requesting Special Accommodations: June 12, 2008, 12 
noon, d.s.t.

ADDRESSES: Meeting Location: Four Points Hotel, 1201 K Street, NW., 
Washington, DC 20005, (202) 349-2205.
    Meeting Registration, Presentations, and Written Comments: Lynne 
Johnson, Designated Federal Official, Division of Forum and Conference 
Development, Office of External Affairs, Centers for Medicare & 
Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Mailstop S1-05-06, 
Baltimore, MD 21244-1850 or contact Ms. Johnson via e-mail at 
Lynne.Johnson@cms.hhs.gov.
    Registration: The meeting is open to the public, but attendance is 
limited to the space available. Persons wishing to attend this meeting 
must register by contacting Lynne Johnson at the address listed in the 
ADDRESSES section of this notice or by telephone at (410) 786-0090, by 
the date listed in the DATES section of this notice.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lynne Johnson, (410) 786-0090. Please 
refer to the CMS Advisory Committees' Information Line (1-877-449-5659 
toll free)/(410-786-9379 local) or the Internet (http://
www.cms.hhs.gov/FACA/04_APME.asp) for additional information and 
updates on committee activities. Press inquiries are handled through 
the CMS Press Office at (202) 690-6145.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 9(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services 
(the Secretary) to establish an advisory panel if the Secretary 
determines that the panel is ``in the public interest in connection 
with the performance of duties imposed * * * by law.'' Such duties are 
imposed by section 1804 of the Social Security Act (the Act), requiring 
the Secretary to provide informational materials to Medicare 
beneficiaries about the Medicare program, and section 1851(d) of the 
Act, requiring the Secretary to provide for ``activities * * * to 
broadly disseminate information to [M]edicare beneficiaries * * * on 
the coverage options provided under [Medicare Advantage] in order to 
promote an active, informed selection among such options.''
    The Panel is also authorized by 1114(f) of the Act (42 U.S.C. 
1311(f)) and section 222 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 
217a). The Secretary signed the charter establishing this Panel on 
January 21, 1999 and approved the renewal of the charter on November 
14, 2006. The establishment of the charter and the renewal of the 
charter were announced in the February 17, 1999 Federal Register (64 FR 
7899), and the March 23, 2007 Federal Register (72 FR 13796), 
respectively. The Panel advises and makes recommendations to the 
Secretary and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid 
Services (CMS) on opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of 
consumer education strategies concerning the Medicare program. The 
Secretary delegates authority to the Administrator.
    The goals of the Panel are as follows:
     To provide recommendations on the development and 
implementation of a national Medicare education program that describes 
the options for selecting a health plan and prescription drug plan 
under Medicare.
     To enhance the Federal government's effectiveness in 
informing the Medicare consumer, including the appropriate use of 
public-private partnerships.
     To provide recommendations on how to expand outreach to 
vulnerable and underserved communities, including racial and ethnic 
minorities, in the context of a national Medicare education program.
     To assemble an information base of best practices for 
helping consumers evaluate health plan options and build a community 
infrastructure for information, counseling, and assistance.
    The current members of the Panel are: Anita B. Boles, Executive 
Director, Society for the Arts in Healthcare; Gwendolyn T. Bronson, 
SHINE/SHIP Counselor, Massachusetts SHINE Program; Dr. Yanira Cruz, 
President and Chief Executive Officer, National Hispanic Council on 
Aging; Clayton Fong, President and Chief Executive Officer, National 
Asian Pacific Center on Aging; Nan Kirsten-Forte, Executive Vice 
President, Consumer Services, WebMD; Dr. Jessie C. Gruman, President 
and Chief Executive Officer, Center for the Advancement of Health; Dr. 
David Lansky, PhD., President and Chief

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Executive Officer, Pacific Business Group on Health; Dr. Daniel Lyons, 
Senior Vice President, Government Programs, Independence Blue Cross; 
Dr. Frank B. McArdle, Manager, Hewitt Research Office, Hewitt 
Associates; Traci McClellan, J.D., Executive Director, National Indian 
Council on Aging; Dr. Keith Mueller, Professor and Section Head, Health 
Services Research and Rural Health Policy, University of Nebraska; Lee 
Partridge, Senior Health Policy Advisor, National Partnership for Women 
and Families; Gary A. Puckrein, PhD., President and Chief Executive 
Officer, National Minority Quality Forum; Rebecca Snead, Executive Vice 
President and Chief Executive Officer, National Alliance of State 
Pharmacy Associations; William A. Steel, Past President, The National 
Grange; Marvin Tuttle, Jr., CAE, Executive Director and Chief Executive 
Officer, Financial Planning Association; Catherine Valenti, Consultant, 
American Academy of HIV Medicine; and Grant Wedner, Vice President, 
Partnerships and Corporate Development, Daily Strength, Inc.
    The agenda for the June 26, 2008 meeting will include the 
following:
     Recap of the previous (March 11, 2008) meeting.
     Medicare Outreach and Education Strategies.
     Public Comment.
     Listening Session with CMS Leadership.
     Next Steps.
    Individuals or organizations that wish to make a 5-minute oral 
presentation on an agenda topic should submit a written copy of the 
oral presentation to Lynne Johnson at the address listed in the 
ADDRESSES section of this notice by the date listed in the DATES 
section of this notice. The number of oral presentations may be limited 
by the time available. Individuals not wishing to make a presentation 
may submit written comments to Ms. Johnson at the address listed in the 
ADDRESSES section of this notice by the date listed in the DATES 
section of this notice.
    Individuals requiring sign language interpretation or other special 
accommodations should contact Ms. Johnson at the address listed in the 
ADDRESSES section of this notice by the date listed in the DATES 
section of this notice.

    Authority: Sec. 222 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 
217a) and sec. 10(a) of Pub. L. 92-463 (5 U.S.C. App. 2, sec. 10(a) 
and 41 CFR 102-3).

(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program No. 93.733, 
Medicare--Hospital Insurance Program; and Program No. 93.774, 
Medicare--Supplementary Medical Insurance Program)

    Dated: April 23, 2008.
Kerry Weems,
Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
[FR Doc. E8-10778 Filed 5-22-08; 8:45 am]
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