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Download as PDF 69124 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 224 / Thursday, November 20, 2014 / Notices individuals based on their responses to these questions. (Comment 7) ‘‘Lilly suggests that the survey design be improved to better align with the research objectives, to avoid bias and to mitigate extreme respondent fatigue. Lilly recommends that FDA modify the data collection instrument to address the points noted above and seek additional public comment on the revised design.’’ (Response) Given our responses and points of clarification above, we believe that the current design is rigorous and meets FDA’s research objectives. The design allows us to test and validate measurement items for consumers’ risk and benefit perceptions. By randomizing respondents to the various ads with different benefit and risk information, we have controlled for underlying differences in respondent demographics and thereby have reduced the potential for selection bias (Ref. 4) and enhanced study validity. As we have described above, we also have designed the study to minimize respondent fatigue by testing only the most promising candidate items and by ensuring a survey length of no more than 30 minutes. TABLE 1—ESTIMATED ANNUAL REPORTING BURDEN1 Number of responses per respondent Number of respondents Activity Total annual responses Hours per response 2 Total hours Pretest screener ................................ Main study screener ......................... Pretest ............................................... Main Study ........................................ 2,000 20,000 2 1,100 10,200 1 1 1 1 2,000 20,000 1,100 10,200 0.03 (2 minutes) ............................... 0.03 (2 minutes) ............................... .5 (30 minutes) ................................. .5 (30 minutes) ................................. 60 600 550 5,100 Total ........................................... ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................................................... 6,310 1 There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information. 2 With online surveys, several participants may be completing the survey at the time that the total target sample is reached. Those participants are allowed to complete the survey, which can result in the number of completes going slightly over the target number. Thus, if our target is 1,000, we have rounded up by an additional 100 to allow for some overage. III. 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Vist, and A. D. Ochman, ‘‘Randomization to Protect Against Selection Bias in Healthcare Trials,’’ The Cochrane Library, Issue 2 (2008). Dated: November 14, 2014. Leslie Kux, Associate Commissioner for Policy. [FR Doc. 2014–27431 Filed 11–19–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4164–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:37 Nov 19, 2014 Jkt 235001 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Health Resources and Services Administration National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: Revised Amount of the Average Cost of a Health Insurance Policy The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is publishing an updated monetary amount of the average cost of a health insurance policy as it relates to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). Section 100.2 of the VICP’s implementing regulation (42 CFR Part 100) states that the revised amounts of an average cost of a health insurance policy, as determined by the Secretary, are to be published periodically in a notice in the Federal Register and filed with the United States Court of Federal Claims (the Court). This figure is calculated using the most recent Medical Expenditure Panel Survey— Insurance Component (MEPS–IC) data available as the baseline for the average monthly cost of a health insurance policy. This baseline is adjusted by the annual percentage increase/decrease obtained from the most recent annual Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research and Educational Trust (KFF/ HRET) Employer Health Benefits survey or other authoritative source that may be more accurate or appropriate. In 2014, MEPS–IC, available at www.meps.ahrq.gov, published the PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 annual 2013 average total single premium per enrolled employee at private-sector establishments that provide health insurance. The figure published was $5,571. This figure is divided by 12-months to determine the cost per month of $464.25. The $464.25 shall be increased or decreased by the percentage change reported by the most recent KFF/HRET, available at www.kff.org. The percentage increase from 2013 to 2014 was published at 2 percent. By adding this percentage increase, the calculated average monthly cost of a health insurance policy is $473.54 for 2014. Therefore, the Secretary announces that the revised average cost of a health insurance policy under the VICP is $473.54 per month. In accordance with § 100.2, the revised amount was effective upon its delivery by the Secretary to the Court. Such notice was delivered to the Court on November 13, 2014. Dated: November 13, 2014. 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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Health Resources and Services Administration


National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: Revised Amount of 
the Average Cost of a Health Insurance Policy

    The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is 
publishing an updated monetary amount of the average cost of a health 
insurance policy as it relates to the National Vaccine Injury 
Compensation Program (VICP).
    Section 100.2 of the VICP's implementing regulation (42 CFR Part 
100) states that the revised amounts of an average cost of a health 
insurance policy, as determined by the Secretary, are to be published 
periodically in a notice in the Federal Register and filed with the 
United States Court of Federal Claims (the Court). This figure is 
calculated using the most recent Medical Expenditure Panel Survey--
Insurance Component (MEPS-IC) data available as the baseline for the 
average monthly cost of a health insurance policy. This baseline is 
adjusted by the annual percentage increase/decrease obtained from the 
most recent annual Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research and 
Educational Trust (KFF/HRET) Employer Health Benefits survey or other 
authoritative source that may be more accurate or appropriate.
    In 2014, MEPS-IC, available at www.meps.ahrq.gov, published the 
annual 2013 average total single premium per enrolled employee at 
private-sector establishments that provide health insurance. The figure 
published was $5,571. This figure is divided by 12-months to determine 
the cost per month of $464.25. The $464.25 shall be increased or 
decreased by the percentage change reported by the most recent KFF/
HRET, available at www.kff.org. The percentage increase from 2013 to 
2014 was published at 2 percent. By adding this percentage increase, 
the calculated average monthly cost of a health insurance policy is 
$473.54 for 2014.
    Therefore, the Secretary announces that the revised average cost of 
a health insurance policy under the VICP is $473.54 per month. In 
accordance with Sec.  100.2, the revised amount was effective upon its 
delivery by the Secretary to the Court. Such notice was delivered to 
the Court on November 13, 2014.

    Dated: November 13, 2014.
Mary K. Wakefield,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2014-27432 Filed 11-19-14; 8:45 am]
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