Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Notice of Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion Under Group Health Plans, 76073-76074 [2012-30964]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 247 / Wednesday, December 26, 2012 / Notices Consent Decree Library, U.S. DOJ— ENRD, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, DC 20044–7611. Please enclose a check or money order for $71.25 (25 cents per page reproduction costs) payable to the United States Treasury. For a copy of the proposed Consent Decree without the exhibits, the reproduction cost is $12.25. Henry Friedman, Assistant Section Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment and Natural Resources Section. [FR Doc. 2012–30970 Filed 12–21–12; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Office of the Secretary Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Notice of Special Enrollment Rights under Group Health Plans ACTION: Notice. The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Employee Benefits Security Administration sponsored information collection request (ICR) titled, ‘‘Notice of Special Enrollment Rights under Group Health Plans,’’ to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for continued use in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). DATES: Submit comments on or before January 23, 2013. ADDRESSES: 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 from the RegInfo.gov Web site, http://www.reginfo.gov/ public/do/PRAMain, on the day following publication of this notice or by contacting Michel Smyth by telephone at 202–693–4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or sending an email to DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov. Submit comments about this request 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, Fax: 202–395–6881 (this is not a toll-free number), email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Michel Smyth by telephone at 202–693–4129 (this is not a toll-free tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 06:31 Dec 22, 2012 Jkt 229001 number) or by email at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov. Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D). Under Regulations 29 CFR 2590.701–6(c), a group health plan must provide an individual who is offered coverage under the plan a notice describing the plan’s special enrollment rights at or before the time coverage is offered. 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 1210–0101. The current approval is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2012; however, it should be noted that existing information collection requirements submitted to the OMB receive a month-to-month extension while they undergo review. For additional information, see the related notice published in the Federal Register on June 25, 2012 (77 FR 37920). 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 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– 0101. 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 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00106 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 76073 technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Agency: DOL–EBSA. Title of Collection: Notice of Special Enrollment Rights under Group Health Plans. OMB Control Number: 1210–0101. Affected Public: Private Sector— businesses or other for-profits and notfor-profit institutions. Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,283,712. Total Estimated Number of Responses: 3,636,426. Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 1. Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $65,000. Dated: December 17, 2012. Michel Smyth, Departmental Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2012–30878 Filed 12–21–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–29–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Office of the Secretary Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Notice of Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion Under Group Health Plans ACTION: Notice. The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) sponsored information collection request (ICR) titled, ‘‘Notice of Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion Under Group Health Plans,’’ to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for continued use in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). DATES: Submit comments on or before January 25, 2013. ADDRESSES: 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 from the RegInfo.gov Web site, http://www.reginfo.gov/ public/do/PRAMain, on the day following publication of this notice or by contacting Michel Smyth by telephone at 202–693–4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or sending an email to DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov. Submit comments about this request to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\26DEN1.SGM 26DEN1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with 76074 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 247 / Wednesday, December 26, 2012 / Notices Officer for DOL–EBSA, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503, Fax: 202–395–6881 (this is not a toll-free number), email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michel Smyth by telephone at 202–693– 4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or by email at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: An employee group health benefit plan or its issuer that imposes a preexisting condition exclusion period must give, as part of any enrollment application, an employee eligible for coverage a general notice that describes the plan’s preexisting condition exclusion— including that the plan will reduce the maximum exclusion period by the length of an employee’s prior creditable coverage. If there are no such enrollment materials, the notice must be provided as soon after a request for enrollment as is reasonably possible. The EBSA has provided sample language for the general notice. See 29 CFR 2590.701–3(c). A plan that uses the alternative method of crediting coverage provided in the applicable regulations must disclose the use of that method at the time of enrollment and describe how the method operates. The plan must also explain that a participant has a right to establish prior creditable coverage through a certificate or other means and to request a certificate of prior coverage from a prior plan or issuer. Finally, a plan or issuer must offer to assist the participant in obtaining a certificate from a prior plan or issuer, if necessary. See 29 CFR 2590.701–4(c)(4). 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 1210–0102. The current approval is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2012; however, it should be noted that existing information collection requirements submitted to the OMB receive a month-to-month extension while they undergo review. For additional information, see the VerDate Mar<15>2010 06:31 Dec 22, 2012 Jkt 229001 related notice published in the Federal Register on June 25, 2012 (77 FR 37920). 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 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– 0102. 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. Agency: DOL–EBSA. Title of Collection: Notice of PreExisting Condition Exclusion Under Group Health Plans. OMB Control Number: 1210–0102. Affected Public: Private Sector— businesses or other for-profits and notfor-profit institutions. Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 685,114. Total Estimated Number of Responses: 1,666,339. Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 5,043. Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $1,052,061. Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D). Dated: December 19, 2012. Michel Smyth, Departmental Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2012–30964 Filed 12–21–12; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 4510–29–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment, Training and Employer Outreach (ACVETEO): Meeting Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, Labor. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00107 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ACTION: Notice of open meeting. This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment, Training and Employer Outreach (ACVETEO). The ACVETEO will discuss Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Services’ (VETS) core programs and new initiatives regarding efforts that assist veterans seeking employment and raise employer awareness as to the advantages of hiring veterans. There will be an opportunity for persons or organizations to address the committee. Any individual or organization that wishes to do so should contact Mr. Gregory Green (202) 693–4734. Time constraints may limit the number of outside participants/presentations. Individuals who will need accommodations for a disability in order to attend the meeting (i.e., interpreting services, assistive listening devices, and/or materials in alternative format) should notify the Advisory Committee no later than Wednesday, January 9, 2013 by contacting Mr. Gregory Green (202) 693–4734. Requests made after this date will be reviewed, but availability of the requested accommodations cannot be guaranteed. The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. This notice also describes the functions of the Advisory Committee. Notice of this meeting is required under Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. This document is intended to notify the general public. Date and Time: Friday, January 25, 2013, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and ending at approximately 4:00 p.m. (E.S.T.). ADDRESSES: U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW., Room C5521, Washington, DC 20210. ID is required to enter the building. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Angel M. Menendez, Designated Federal Official, Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment, Training and Employer Outreach, (202) 693–4712, or Mr. Gregory Green, (202) 693–4734. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ACVETEO is a Congressionally mandated advisory committee authorized under Title 38, U.S. Code, Section 4110 and subject to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 2, as amended. The ACVETEO is responsible for: Assessing employment and training needs of veterans; determining the extent to which the programs and activities of the U.S. Department of Labor meet these needs; assisting to conduct outreach to employers seeking SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\26DEN1.SGM 26DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Office of the Secretary


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB 
Review; Comment Request; Notice of Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion 
Under Group Health Plans

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Employee 
Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) sponsored information 
collection request (ICR) titled, ``Notice of Pre-Existing Condition 
Exclusion Under Group Health Plans,'' to the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for review and approval for continued use in accordance 
with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et 
seq.).

DATES: Submit comments on or before January 25, 2013.

ADDRESSES: 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 from the 
RegInfo.gov Web site, http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain, on the 
day following publication of this notice or by contacting Michel Smyth 
by telephone at 202-693-4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or 
sending an email to DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.
    Submit comments about this request to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk

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Officer for DOL-EBSA, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, 725 
17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503, Fax: 202-395-6881 (this is not a 
toll-free number), email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-
4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or by email at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: An employee group health benefit plan or its 
issuer that imposes a preexisting condition exclusion period must give, 
as part of any enrollment application, an employee eligible for 
coverage a general notice that describes the plan's preexisting 
condition exclusion--including that the plan will reduce the maximum 
exclusion period by the length of an employee's prior creditable 
coverage. If there are no such enrollment materials, the notice must be 
provided as soon after a request for enrollment as is reasonably 
possible. The EBSA has provided sample language for the general notice. 
See 29 CFR 2590.701-3(c).
    A plan that uses the alternative method of crediting coverage 
provided in the applicable regulations must disclose the use of that 
method at the time of enrollment and describe how the method operates. 
The plan must also explain that a participant has a right to establish 
prior creditable coverage through a certificate or other means and to 
request a certificate of prior coverage from a prior plan or issuer. 
Finally, a plan or issuer must offer to assist the participant in 
obtaining a certificate from a prior plan or issuer, if necessary. See 
29 CFR 2590.701-4(c)(4).
    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 1210-0102. The current approval is scheduled to 
expire on December 31, 2012; however, it should be noted that existing 
information collection requirements submitted to the OMB receive a 
month-to-month extension while they undergo review. For additional 
information, see the related notice published in the Federal Register 
on June 25, 2012 (77 FR 37920).
    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 30 days of publication of this notice in 
the Federal Register. In order to help ensure appropriate 
consideration, comments should mention OMB Control Number 1210-0102. 
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.
    Agency: DOL-EBSA.
    Title of Collection: Notice of Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion 
Under Group Health Plans.
    OMB Control Number: 1210-0102.
    Affected Public: Private Sector--businesses or other for-profits 
and not-for-profit institutions.
    Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 685,114.
    Total Estimated Number of Responses: 1,666,339.
    Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 5,043.
    Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $1,052,061.

    Authority:  44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D).

    Dated: December 19, 2012.
Michel Smyth,
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-30964 Filed 12-21-12; 4:15 pm]
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