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Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 61312 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 197 / Friday, October 10, 2014 / Notices approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public health and safety effects, distributive impacts, and equity). A regulatory impact analysis (RIA) must be prepared for major notices with economically significant effects ($100 million or more in any 1 year). As stated in section IV of this notice, we estimate that the total increase in costs to beneficiaries associated with this notice is about $1,120 million due to: (1) the increase in the deductible and coinsurance amounts, and (2) the increase in the number of deductibles and daily coinsurance amounts paid. As a result, this notice is economically significant under section 3(f)(1) of Executive Order 12866 and thus, is a major action under the Congressional Review Act. In accordance with the provisions of Executive Order 12866, this notice was reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget. The RFA requires agencies to analyze options for regulatory relief of small entities, if a rule has a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. For purposes of the RFA, small entities include small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and small governmental jurisdictions. Most hospitals and most other providers and suppliers are small entities, either by nonprofit status or by having revenues of less than $7.5 million to $38.5 million in any 1 year (for details, see the Small Business Administration’s Web site at http://www.sba.gov/sites/default/ files/files/Size_Standards_Table.pdf). Individuals and states are not included in the definition of a small entity. As discussed above, this annual notice announces the inpatient hospital deductible and the hospital and extended care services coinsurance amounts for services furnished in CY 2015 under Medicare’s Hospital Insurance Program (Medicare Part A). As a result, we are not preparing an analysis for the RFA because the Secretary has determined that this notice will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. In addition, section 1102(b) of the Social Security Act requires us to prepare a regulatory impact analysis if a rule may have a significant impact on the operations of a substantial number of small rural hospitals. This analysis must conform to the provisions of section 604 of the RFA. For purposes of section 1102(b) of the Act, we define a small rural hospital as a hospital that is located outside of a Metropolitan Statistical Area for Medicare payment regulations and has fewer than 100 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:09 Oct 09, 2014 Jkt 235001 beds. As discussed above, we are not preparing an analysis for section 1102(b) of the Act because the Secretary has determined that this notice will not have a significant impact on the operations of a substantial number of small rural hospitals. Section 202 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 also requires that agencies assess anticipated costs and benefits before issuing any rule whose mandates require spending in any 1 year of $100 million in 1995 dollars, updated annually for inflation. For 2014, that threshold accounting for inflation is approximately $141 million. This notice does not impose mandates that will have a consequential effect of $141 million or more on state, local, or tribal governments or on the private sector. Executive Order 13132 establishes certain requirements that an agency must meet when it promulgates a proposed rule (and subsequent final rule) that imposes substantial direct requirement costs on state and local governments, preempts state law, or otherwise has Federalism implications. Since this notice does not impose any costs on state or local governments, preempt state law, or have Federalism implications, the requirements of Executive Order 13132 are not applicable. Dated: September 12, 2014. Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Dated: September 26, 2014. Sylvia M. Burwell, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–24257 Filed 10–9–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [CMS–8057–N] RIN 0938–AR96 Medicare Program; CY 2015 Part A Premiums for the Uninsured Aged and for Certain Disabled Individuals Who Have Exhausted Other Entitlement Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This annual notice announces Medicare’s Hospital Insurance (Part A) premium for uninsured enrollees in calendar year (CY) 2015. This premium is paid by enrollees age 65 and over who SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 are not otherwise eligible for benefits under Medicare Part A (hereafter known as the ‘‘uninsured aged’’) and by certain disabled individuals who have exhausted other entitlement. The monthly Part A premium for the 12 months beginning January 1, 2015, for these individuals will be $407. The premium for certain other individuals as described in this notice will be $224. DATES: Effective Date: This notice is effective on January 1, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Clare McFarland, (410) 786–6390. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Section 1818 of the Social Security Act (the Act) provides for voluntary enrollment in the Medicare Hospital Insurance Program (Medicare Part A), subject to payment of a monthly premium, of certain persons aged 65 and older who are uninsured under the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program or the Railroad Retirement Act and do not otherwise meet the requirements for entitlement to Medicare Part A. These ‘‘uninsured aged’’ individuals are uninsured under the OASDI program or the Railroad Retirement Act, because they do not have 40 quarters of coverage under Title II of the Act (or are/were not married to someone who did). (Persons insured under the OASDI program or the Railroad Retirement Act and certain others do not have to pay premiums for Medicare Part A.) Section 1818A of the Act provides for voluntary enrollment in Medicare Part A, subject to payment of a monthly premium for certain disabled individuals who have exhausted other entitlement. These are individuals who were entitled to coverage due to a disabling impairment under section 226(b) of the Act, but who are no longer entitled to disability benefits and free Medicare Part A coverage because they have gone back to work and their earnings exceed the statutorily defined ‘‘substantial gainful activity’’ amount (section 223(d)(4) of the Act). Section 1818A(d)(2) of the Act specifies that the provisions relating to premiums under section 1818(d) through section 1818(f) of the Act for the aged will also apply to certain disabled individuals as described above. Section 1818(d) of the Act requires us to estimate, on an average per capita basis, the amount to be paid from the Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund for services incurred in the upcoming calendar year (CY) (including the associated administrative costs) on behalf of individuals aged 65 and over E:\FR\FM\10OCN1.SGM 10OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 197 / Friday, October 10, 2014 / Notices who will be entitled to benefits under Medicare Part A. We must then determine the monthly actuarial rate for the following year (the per capita amount estimated above divided by 12) and publish the dollar amount for the monthly premium in the succeeding CY. If the premium is not a multiple of $1, the premium is rounded to the nearest multiple of $1 (or, if it is a multiple of 50 cents but not of $1, it is rounded to the next highest $1). Section 13508 of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 (Pub. L. 103– 66) amended section 1818(d) of the Act to provide for a reduction in the premium amount for certain voluntary enrollees (section 1818 and section 1818A of the Act). The reduction applies to an individual who is eligible to buy into the Medicare Part A program and who, as of the last day of the previous month: • Had at least 30 quarters of coverage under Title II of the Act; • Was married, and had been married for the previous 1-year period, to a person who had at least 30 quarters of coverage; • Had been married to a person for at least 1 year at the time of the person’s death if, at the time of death, the person had at least 30 quarters of coverage; or • Is divorced from a person and had been married to the person for at least 10 years at the time of the divorce if, at the time of the divorce, the person had at least 30 quarters of coverage. Section 1818(d)(4)(A) of the Act specifies that the premium that these individuals will pay for CY 2015 will be equal to the premium for uninsured aged enrollees reduced by 45 percent. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES II. Monthly Premium Amount for CY 2015 The monthly premium for the uninsured aged and certain disabled individuals who have exhausted other entitlement for the 12 months beginning January 1, 2015, is $407. The monthly premium for the individuals eligible under Section 1818(d)(4)(B) of the Act, and therefore, subject to the 45 percent reduction in the monthly premium, is $224. III. Monthly Premium Rate Calculation As discussed in section I of this notice, the monthly Medicare Part A premium is equal to the estimated monthly actuarial rate for CY 2015 rounded to the nearest multiple of $1 and equals one-twelfth of the average per capita amount, which is determined by projecting the number of Part A enrollees aged 65 years and over as well as the benefits and administrative costs that will be incurred on their behalf. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:09 Oct 09, 2014 Jkt 235001 61313 The steps involved in projecting these future costs to the Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund are: • Establishing the present cost of services furnished to beneficiaries, by type of service, to serve as a projection base; • Projecting increases in payment amounts for each of the service types; and • Projecting increases in administrative costs. We base our projections for CY 2015 on—(1) current historical data; and (2) projection assumptions derived from current law and the Mid-Session Review of the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget. We estimate that in CY 2015, 45,458,424 people aged 65 years and over will be entitled to benefits (without premium payment) and that they will incur about $221.762 billion in benefits and related administrative costs. Thus, the estimated monthly average per capita amount is $406.53 and the monthly premium is $407. Subsequently, the full monthly premium reduced by 45 percent is $224. comment are impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest. We are not using notice and comment rulemaking in this notification of Medicare Part A premiums for CY 2015 as that procedure is unnecessary because of the lack of discretion in the statutory formula that is used to calculate the premium and the solely ministerial function that this notice serves. The APA permits agencies to waive notice and comment rulemaking when notice and public comment thereon are unnecessary. On this basis, we waive publication of a proposed notice and a solicitation of public comments. IV. Costs to Beneficiaries The CY 2015 premium of $407 is approximately 4.46 percent lower than the CY 2014 premium of $426. We estimate that approximately 644,000 enrollees will voluntarily enroll in Medicare Part A, by paying the full premium. Furthermore, the CY 2015 reduced premium of $224 is approximately 4.27 percent lower than the CY 2014 premium of $234. We estimate an additional 58,000 enrollees will pay the reduced premium. Therefore, we estimate that the total aggregate savings to enrollees paying these premiums in CY 2015, compared to the amount that they paid in CY 2014, will be about $154 million. VII. Regulatory Impact Analysis V. Waiver of Proposed Notice and Comment Period We use general notices, rather than notice and comment rulemaking procedures, to make announcements such as this premium notice. In doing so, we acknowledge that, under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), interpretive rules, general statements of policy, and rules of agency organization, procedure, or practice are excepted from the requirements of notice and comment rulemaking. The agency may also waive notice and comment if there is ‘‘good cause,’’ as defined by the statute. We considered publishing a proposed notice to provide a period for public comment. However, under the APA, we may waive that procedure if we find good cause that prior notice and We have examined the impacts of this rule as required by Executive Order 12866 on Regulatory Planning and Review (September 30, 1993), Executive Order 13563 on Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review (January 18, 2011), the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) (September 19, 1980, Pub. L. 96– 354), section 1102(b) of the Social Security Act, section 202 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (March 22, 1995; Pub. L. 104–4), Executive Order 13132 on Federalism (August 4, 1999), and the Congressional Review Act (5 U.S.C., Part I, Ch. 8). Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess all costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 VI. Collection of Information Requirements This document does not impose information collection requirements, that is, reporting, recordkeeping or third-party disclosure requirements. Consequently, there is no need for review by the Office of Management and Budget under the authority of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. A. Statement of Need Section 1818(d) of the Act requires the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) during September of each year to determine and publish the amount to be paid, on an average per capita basis, from the Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund for services incurred in the impending calendar year (CY) (including the associated administrative costs) on behalf of individuals aged 65 and over who will be entitled to benefits under Medicare Part A. B. Overall Impact E:\FR\FM\10OCN1.SGM 10OCN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 61314 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 197 / Friday, October 10, 2014 / Notices approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public health and safety effects, distributive impacts, and equity). A regulatory impact analysis (RIA) must be prepared for major notices with economically significant effects ($100 million or more in any 1 year). As stated in section IV of this notice, we estimate that the overall effect of the changes in the Part A premium will be a savings to voluntary enrollees (section 1818 and section 1818A of the Act) of about $154 million. As a result, this notice is economically significant under section 3(f)(1) of Executive Order 12866 and thus, a major action under the Congressional Review Act. In accordance with the provisions of Executive Order 12866, this notice was reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget. The RFA requires agencies to analyze options for regulatory relief of small entities, if a rule has a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. For purposes of the RFA, small entities include small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and small governmental jurisdictions. Most hospitals and most other providers and suppliers are small entities, either by nonprofit status or by having revenues of less than $7.5 million to $38.5 million in any 1 year (for details, see the Small Business Administration’s Web site at http://www.sba.gov/sites/default/ files/files/Size_Standards_Table.pdf). Individuals and states are not included in the definition of a small entity. As discussed above, this annual notice announces Medicare’s Hospital Insurance (Part A) premium for uninsured enrollees in calendar year (CY) 2015. As a result, we are not preparing an analysis for the RFA because the Secretary has determined that this notice will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. In addition, section 1102(b) of the Social Security Act requires us to prepare a regulatory impact analysis if a rule may have a significant impact on the operations of a substantial number of small rural hospitals. This analysis must conform to the provisions of section 604 of the RFA. For purposes of section 1102(b) of the Act, we define a small rural hospital as a hospital that is located outside of a Metropolitan Statistical Area for Medicare payment regulations and has fewer than 100 beds. As discussed above, we are not preparing an analysis for section 1102(b) of the Act, because the Secretary has determined that this notice will not have a significant impact on the VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:09 Oct 09, 2014 Jkt 235001 operations of a substantial number of small rural hospitals. Section 202 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 also requires that agencies assess anticipated costs and benefits before issuing any rule whose mandates require spending in any 1 year of $100 million in 1995 dollars, updated annually for inflation. In 2014, that threshold is approximately $141 million. This notice does not impose mandates that will have a consequential effect of $141 million or more on state, local, or tribal governments or on the private sector. Executive Order 13132 establishes certain requirements that an agency must meet when it promulgates a proposed rule (and subsequent final rule) that imposes substantial direct requirement costs on state and local governments, preempts state law, or otherwise has Federalism implications. Since this notice does not impose any costs on state or local governments, the requirements of Executive Order 13132 are not applicable. Dated: September 12, 2014. Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Dated: September 26, 2014. Sylvia M. Burwell, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–24250 Filed 10–9–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [CMS–8058–N] RIN 0938–AS34 Medicare Program; Medicare Part B Monthly Actuarial Rates, Premium Rate, and Annual Deductible Beginning January 1, 2015 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces the monthly actuarial rates for aged (age 65 and over) and disabled (under age 65) beneficiaries enrolled in Part B of the Medicare Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI) program beginning January 1, 2015. In addition, this notice announces the monthly premium for aged and disabled beneficiaries as well as the income-related monthly adjustment amounts to be paid by beneficiaries with modified adjusted gross income above certain threshold SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 amounts. The monthly actuarial rates for 2015 are $209.80 for aged enrollees and $254.80 for disabled enrollees. The standard monthly Part B premium rate for all enrollees for 2015 is $104.90, which is equal to 50 percent of the monthly actuarial rate for aged enrollees or approximately 25 percent of the expected average total cost of Part B coverage for aged enrollees. (The 2014 standard premium rate was $104.90.) The Part B deductible for 2015 is $147.00 for all Part B beneficiaries. If a beneficiary has to pay an income-related monthly adjustment, they may have to pay a total monthly premium of about 35, 50, 65, or 80 percent of the total cost of Part B coverage. DATES: Effective Date: January 1, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: M. Kent Clemens, (410) 786–6391. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Part B is the voluntary portion of the Medicare program that pays all or part of the costs for physicians’ services, outpatient hospital services, certain home health services, services furnished by rural health clinics, ambulatory surgical centers, comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities, and certain other medical and health services not covered by Medicare Part A, Hospital Insurance. Medicare Part B is available to individuals who are entitled to Medicare Part A, as well as to U.S. residents who have attained age 65 and are citizens, and aliens who were lawfully admitted for permanent residence and have resided in the United States for 5 consecutive years. Part B requires enrollment and payment of monthly premiums, as described in 42 CFR part 407, subpart B, and part 408, respectively. The difference between the premiums paid by all enrollees and total incurred costs is met by transfers from the general fund of the Treasury. The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) is required by section 1839 of the Social Security Act (the Act) to announce the Part B monthly actuarial rates for aged and disabled beneficiaries as well as the monthly Part B premium. The Part B annual deductible is included because its determination is directly linked to the aged actuarial rate. The monthly actuarial rates for aged and disabled enrollees are used to determine the correct amount of general revenue financing per beneficiary each month. These amounts, according to actuarial estimates, will equal, respectively, one-half of the expected average monthly cost of Part B for each E:\FR\FM\10OCN1.SGM 10OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

[CMS-8057-N]
RIN 0938-AR96


Medicare Program; CY 2015 Part A Premiums for the Uninsured Aged 
and for Certain Disabled Individuals Who Have Exhausted Other 
Entitlement

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

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This annual notice announces Medicare's Hospital Insurance 
(Part A) premium for uninsured enrollees in calendar year (CY) 2015. 
This premium is paid by enrollees age 65 and over who are not otherwise 
eligible for benefits under Medicare Part A (hereafter known as the 
``uninsured aged'') and by certain disabled individuals who have 
exhausted other entitlement. The monthly Part A premium for the 12 
months beginning January 1, 2015, for these individuals will be $407. 
The premium for certain other individuals as described in this notice 
will be $224.

DATES: Effective Date: This notice is effective on January 1, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Clare McFarland, (410) 786-6390.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    Section 1818 of the Social Security Act (the Act) provides for 
voluntary enrollment in the Medicare Hospital Insurance Program 
(Medicare Part A), subject to payment of a monthly premium, of certain 
persons aged 65 and older who are uninsured under the Old-Age, 
Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program or the Railroad 
Retirement Act and do not otherwise meet the requirements for 
entitlement to Medicare Part A. These ``uninsured aged'' individuals 
are uninsured under the OASDI program or the Railroad Retirement Act, 
because they do not have 40 quarters of coverage under Title II of the 
Act (or are/were not married to someone who did). (Persons insured 
under the OASDI program or the Railroad Retirement Act and certain 
others do not have to pay premiums for Medicare Part A.)
    Section 1818A of the Act provides for voluntary enrollment in 
Medicare Part A, subject to payment of a monthly premium for certain 
disabled individuals who have exhausted other entitlement. These are 
individuals who were entitled to coverage due to a disabling impairment 
under section 226(b) of the Act, but who are no longer entitled to 
disability benefits and free Medicare Part A coverage because they have 
gone back to work and their earnings exceed the statutorily defined 
``substantial gainful activity'' amount (section 223(d)(4) of the Act).
    Section 1818A(d)(2) of the Act specifies that the provisions 
relating to premiums under section 1818(d) through section 1818(f) of 
the Act for the aged will also apply to certain disabled individuals as 
described above.
    Section 1818(d) of the Act requires us to estimate, on an average 
per capita basis, the amount to be paid from the Federal Hospital 
Insurance Trust Fund for services incurred in the upcoming calendar 
year (CY) (including the associated administrative costs) on behalf of 
individuals aged 65 and over

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who will be entitled to benefits under Medicare Part A. We must then 
determine the monthly actuarial rate for the following year (the per 
capita amount estimated above divided by 12) and publish the dollar 
amount for the monthly premium in the succeeding CY. If the premium is 
not a multiple of $1, the premium is rounded to the nearest multiple of 
$1 (or, if it is a multiple of 50 cents but not of $1, it is rounded to 
the next highest $1).
    Section 13508 of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 
(Pub. L. 103-66) amended section 1818(d) of the Act to provide for a 
reduction in the premium amount for certain voluntary enrollees 
(section 1818 and section 1818A of the Act). The reduction applies to 
an individual who is eligible to buy into the Medicare Part A program 
and who, as of the last day of the previous month:
     Had at least 30 quarters of coverage under Title II of the 
Act;
     Was married, and had been married for the previous 1-year 
period, to a person who had at least 30 quarters of coverage;
     Had been married to a person for at least 1 year at the 
time of the person's death if, at the time of death, the person had at 
least 30 quarters of coverage; or
     Is divorced from a person and had been married to the 
person for at least 10 years at the time of the divorce if, at the time 
of the divorce, the person had at least 30 quarters of coverage.
    Section 1818(d)(4)(A) of the Act specifies that the premium that 
these individuals will pay for CY 2015 will be equal to the premium for 
uninsured aged enrollees reduced by 45 percent.

II. Monthly Premium Amount for CY 2015

    The monthly premium for the uninsured aged and certain disabled 
individuals who have exhausted other entitlement for the 12 months 
beginning January 1, 2015, is $407.
    The monthly premium for the individuals eligible under Section 
1818(d)(4)(B) of the Act, and therefore, subject to the 45 percent 
reduction in the monthly premium, is $224.

III. Monthly Premium Rate Calculation

    As discussed in section I of this notice, the monthly Medicare Part 
A premium is equal to the estimated monthly actuarial rate for CY 2015 
rounded to the nearest multiple of $1 and equals one-twelfth of the 
average per capita amount, which is determined by projecting the number 
of Part A enrollees aged 65 years and over as well as the benefits and 
administrative costs that will be incurred on their behalf.
    The steps involved in projecting these future costs to the Federal 
Hospital Insurance Trust Fund are:
     Establishing the present cost of services furnished to 
beneficiaries, by type of service, to serve as a projection base;
     Projecting increases in payment amounts for each of the 
service types; and
     Projecting increases in administrative costs.
    We base our projections for CY 2015 on--(1) current historical 
data; and (2) projection assumptions derived from current law and the 
Mid-Session Review of the President's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget.
    We estimate that in CY 2015, 45,458,424 people aged 65 years and 
over will be entitled to benefits (without premium payment) and that 
they will incur about $221.762 billion in benefits and related 
administrative costs. Thus, the estimated monthly average per capita 
amount is $406.53 and the monthly premium is $407. Subsequently, the 
full monthly premium reduced by 45 percent is $224.

IV. Costs to Beneficiaries

    The CY 2015 premium of $407 is approximately 4.46 percent lower 
than the CY 2014 premium of $426. We estimate that approximately 
644,000 enrollees will voluntarily enroll in Medicare Part A, by paying 
the full premium. Furthermore, the CY 2015 reduced premium of $224 is 
approximately 4.27 percent lower than the CY 2014 premium of $234. We 
estimate an additional 58,000 enrollees will pay the reduced premium. 
Therefore, we estimate that the total aggregate savings to enrollees 
paying these premiums in CY 2015, compared to the amount that they paid 
in CY 2014, will be about $154 million.

V. Waiver of Proposed Notice and Comment Period

    We use general notices, rather than notice and comment rulemaking 
procedures, to make announcements such as this premium notice. In doing 
so, we acknowledge that, under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), 
interpretive rules, general statements of policy, and rules of agency 
organization, procedure, or practice are excepted from the requirements 
of notice and comment rulemaking. The agency may also waive notice and 
comment if there is ``good cause,'' as defined by the statute. We 
considered publishing a proposed notice to provide a period for public 
comment. However, under the APA, we may waive that procedure if we find 
good cause that prior notice and comment are impracticable, 
unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.
    We are not using notice and comment rulemaking in this notification 
of Medicare Part A premiums for CY 2015 as that procedure is 
unnecessary because of the lack of discretion in the statutory formula 
that is used to calculate the premium and the solely ministerial 
function that this notice serves. The APA permits agencies to waive 
notice and comment rulemaking when notice and public comment thereon 
are unnecessary. On this basis, we waive publication of a proposed 
notice and a solicitation of public comments.

VI. Collection of Information Requirements

    This document does not impose information collection requirements, 
that is, reporting, recordkeeping or third-party disclosure 
requirements. Consequently, there is no need for review by the Office 
of Management and Budget under the authority of the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995.

VII. Regulatory Impact Analysis

A. Statement of Need

    Section 1818(d) of the Act requires the Secretary of the Department 
of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) during September of each 
year to determine and publish the amount to be paid, on an average per 
capita basis, from the Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund for 
services incurred in the impending calendar year (CY) (including the 
associated administrative costs) on behalf of individuals aged 65 and 
over who will be entitled to benefits under Medicare Part A.

B. Overall Impact

    We have examined the impacts of this rule as required by Executive 
Order 12866 on Regulatory Planning and Review (September 30, 1993), 
Executive Order 13563 on Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review 
(January 18, 2011), the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) (September 19, 
1980, Pub. L. 96-354), section 1102(b) of the Social Security Act, 
section 202 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (March 22, 
1995; Pub. L. 104-4), Executive Order 13132 on Federalism (August 4, 
1999), and the Congressional Review Act (5 U.S.C., Part I, Ch. 8).
    Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess all 
costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if 
regulation is necessary, to select regulatory

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approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential economic, 
environmental, public health and safety effects, distributive impacts, 
and equity). A regulatory impact analysis (RIA) must be prepared for 
major notices with economically significant effects ($100 million or 
more in any 1 year). As stated in section IV of this notice, we 
estimate that the overall effect of the changes in the Part A premium 
will be a savings to voluntary enrollees (section 1818 and section 
1818A of the Act) of about $154 million. As a result, this notice is 
economically significant under section 3(f)(1) of Executive Order 12866 
and thus, a major action under the Congressional Review Act. In 
accordance with the provisions of Executive Order 12866, this notice 
was reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget.
    The RFA requires agencies to analyze options for regulatory relief 
of small entities, if a rule has a significant impact on a substantial 
number of small entities. For purposes of the RFA, small entities 
include small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and small 
governmental jurisdictions. Most hospitals and most other providers and 
suppliers are small entities, either by nonprofit status or by having 
revenues of less than $7.5 million to $38.5 million in any 1 year (for 
details, see the Small Business Administration's Web site at http://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/files/Size_Standards_Table.pdf).
    Individuals and states are not included in the definition of a 
small entity. As discussed above, this annual notice announces 
Medicare's Hospital Insurance (Part A) premium for uninsured enrollees 
in calendar year (CY) 2015. As a result, we are not preparing an 
analysis for the RFA because the Secretary has determined that this 
notice will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial 
number of small entities.
    In addition, section 1102(b) of the Social Security Act requires us 
to prepare a regulatory impact analysis if a rule may have a 
significant impact on the operations of a substantial number of small 
rural hospitals. This analysis must conform to the provisions of 
section 604 of the RFA. For purposes of section 1102(b) of the Act, we 
define a small rural hospital as a hospital that is located outside of 
a Metropolitan Statistical Area for Medicare payment regulations and 
has fewer than 100 beds. As discussed above, we are not preparing an 
analysis for section 1102(b) of the Act, because the Secretary has 
determined that this notice will not have a significant impact on the 
operations of a substantial number of small rural hospitals.
    Section 202 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 also 
requires that agencies assess anticipated costs and benefits before 
issuing any rule whose mandates require spending in any 1 year of $100 
million in 1995 dollars, updated annually for inflation. In 2014, that 
threshold is approximately $141 million. This notice does not impose 
mandates that will have a consequential effect of $141 million or more 
on state, local, or tribal governments or on the private sector.
    Executive Order 13132 establishes certain requirements that an 
agency must meet when it promulgates a proposed rule (and subsequent 
final rule) that imposes substantial direct requirement costs on state 
and local governments, preempts state law, or otherwise has Federalism 
implications. Since this notice does not impose any costs on state or 
local governments, the requirements of Executive Order 13132 are not 
applicable.

    Dated: September 12, 2014.
Marilyn Tavenner,
Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
    Dated: September 26, 2014.
Sylvia M. Burwell,
Secretary.
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