Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Summary of Benefits and Coverage and Uniform Glossary Required Under the Affordable Care Act, 9887-9888 [2016-04314]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 38 / Friday, February 26, 2016 / Notices For further information on when the employer is responsible for lodging costs, please see the Department’s H–2A Frequently Asked Questions on Travel and Daily Subsistence, which may found on the OFLC Web site: http:// www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/. Signed in Washington, DC. Portia Wu, Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration. [FR Doc. 2016–04116 Filed 2–25–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FP–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Office of the Secretary Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D). Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Summary of Benefits and Coverage and Uniform Glossary Required Under the Affordable Care Act Office of the Secretary, DOL Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) sponsored information collection request (ICR) revision titled, ‘‘Summary of Benefits and Coverage and Uniform Glossary Required Under the Affordable Care Act,’’ to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. Public comments on the ICR are invited. DATES: The OMB will consider all written comments that agency receives on or before March 28, 2016. 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 free of charge from the RegInfo.gov Web site at http:// www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=201602–1210–002 (this link will only become active on the day following publication of this notice) or by contacting Michel Smyth by telephone at 202–693–4129, TTY 202– 693–8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email at DOL_PRA_ PUBLIC@dol.gov. Submit comments about this request by mail or courier 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; by Fax: 202– 395–5806 (this is not a toll-free mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:41 Feb 25, 2016 number); or by email: OIRA_ submission@omb.eop.gov. Commenters are encouraged, but not required, to send a courtesy copy of any comments by mail or courier to the U.S. Department of Labor-OASAM, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Attn: Departmental Information Compliance Management Program, Room N1301, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; or by email: DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Michel Smyth by telephone at 202–693–4129, TTY 202–693–8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov. Jkt 238001 This ICR seeks OMB approval of a revision to the Summary of Benefits and Coverage and Uniform Glossary (SBC) ICR codified in regulations 29 CFR 715–2715. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Pub. L. 111–148, was signed into law on March 23, 2010, and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, Pub. L. 111–152, was signed into law on March 30, 2010 (collectively known as the ‘‘Affordable Care Act’’). The Affordable Care Act amends the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act) by adding section 2715 ‘‘Development and Utilization of Uniform Explanation of Coverage Documents and Standardized Definitions.’’ This section directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the DOL, and the Department of the Treasury (collectively, the Departments), in consultation with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and a working group comprised of stakeholders to develop standards for use by a group health plan and a health insurance issuer in compiling and providing to applicants, enrollees, policyholders, and certificate holders a SBC explanation that accurately describes the benefits and coverage under the applicable plan or coverage. A notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) was published on August 22, 2011 (76 FR 52442) with an accompanying document (76 FR 52475) containing the templates, instructions, and related materials for implementing the disclosure provisions under PHS Act 2715. The NPRM proposed 29 CFR 2590.715–2715. A final rule was published on February 14, 2012. A second notice of proposed rulemaking was published on December 30, 2014 (79 FR 78577) to propose revisions to the regulation as well as the templates, instructions, and related materials. On March 30, 2015, the Departments released an FAQ stating that the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 9887 Departments intend to finalize changes to the regulations in the near future but intend to utilize consumer testing and offer an opportunity for the public, including the NAIC, to provide further input before finalizing revisions to the SBC template and associated documents. A final rule, without final revisions to the SBC template and associated documents, was published on June 16, 2015 (80 FR 34292). As required by section 2715, the Departments consulted the NAIC to provide further input before finalizing revisions to the SBC template and associated documents. The Departments now are finalizing the templates and glossary and requesting a three-year approval from the Office of Management and Budget for the revised information collection, so that plans and issuers may begin using the revised forms for making the disclosures under PHS Act section 2715 and the implementing regulations. 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 1210–0147. 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 thirty (30) days of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. In order to help ensure appropriate consideration, comments should mention OMB Control Number 1210–0147. 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 E:\FR\FM\26FEN1.SGM 26FEN1 9888 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 38 / Friday, February 26, 2016 / Notices • 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: Summary of Benefits and Coverage and Uniform Glossary Required Under the Affordable Care Act. OMB Control Number: 1210–0147. Affected Public: Private Sector— businesses or other for-profits and notfor-profit institutions. Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,299,742. Total Estimated Number of Responses: 71,252,326. Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 431,552 hours. Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $9,273,266. Dated: February 24, 2016. Michel Smyth, Departmental Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–04314 Filed 2–25–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–29–P RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Proposed Collection; Comment Request Summary: In accordance with the requirement of Section 3506 (c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 which provides opportunity for public comment on new or revised data collections, the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) will publish periodic summaries of proposed data collections. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information has practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the RRB’s estimate of the burden of the collection of the information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden related to the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Title and purpose of information collection: Application for Employee VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:41 Feb 25, 2016 Jkt 238001 Annuity Under the Railroad Retirement Ac; OMB 3220–0002. Section 2a of the Railroad Retirement Act (RRA) provides for payments of age and service, disability, and supplemental annuities to qualified employees. An annuity cannot be paid until the employee stops working for a railroad employer. In addition, the age and service employee must relinquish any rights held to such jobs. A disabled employee does not need to relinquish employee rights until attaining Full Retirement Age, or if earlier, when their spouse is awarded a spouse annuity. Benefits become payable after the employee meets certain other requirements, which depend on the type of annuity payable. The requirements for obtaining the annuities are prescribed in 20 CFR 216 and 220. To collect the information needed to help determine an applicant’s entitlement to, and the amount of, an employee retirement annuity the RRB uses Forms AA–1, Application for Employee Annuity; AA–1d, Application for Determination of Employee Disability; G–204, Verification of Workers Compensation/Public Disability Benefit Information, and electronic Form(s) AA–1cert, Application Summary and Certification, and AA– 1sum, Application Summary. The AA–1 application process obtains information from an applicant about their marital history, work history, military service, benefits from other governmental agencies, railroad pensions and Medicare entitlement for either an age and service or disability annuity. An RRB representative interviews the applicant either at a field office, an itinerant point, or by telephone. During the interview, the RRB representative enters the information obtained into an on-line information system. Upon completion of the interview, the on-line information system generates Form AA–1cert, Application Summary and Certification, or Form AA–1sum, Application Summary, a summary of the information that was provided for the applicant to review and approve. Form AA–1cert documents approval using the traditional pen and ink ‘‘wet’’ signature, and Form AA–1sum documents approval using the alternative signature method called Attestation. When the RRB representative is unable to contact the applicant in person or by telephone, for example, the applicant lives in PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 another country, a manual version of Form AA–1 is used. Form AA–1d, Application for Determination of Employee’s Disability, is completed by an employee who is filing for a disability annuity under the RRA, or a disability freeze under the Social Security Act, for early Medicare based on a disability. Form G–204, Verification of Worker’s Compensation/ Public Disability Benefit Information, is used to obtain and verify information concerning a worker’s compensation or a public disability benefit that is or will be paid by a public agency to a disabled railroad employee. The RRB proposes the following changes to information collection 3220– 0002: Form AA–1 is being revised to make non-burden impacting editorial and formatting changes that include the deletion of an obsolete item. In addition, changes are proposed to Form AA–1 in support of the RRB’s Disability Program Improvement Project (DPIP) to enhance/ improve disability case processing and overall program integrity as recommended by the RRB’s Office of Inspector General and the Government Accountability Office. Proposed revisions to Form AA–1 include the addition of questions regarding whether a disability applicant is relinquishing seniority rights and why. Comparable revisions to electronic equivalent forms (AA–1cert and AA–1sum) are also being proposed. Significant changes are proposed to Form AA–1d in support of the RRB’s DPIP to enhance/improve disability case processing and overall program integrity as recommended by the RRB’s Office of Inspector General and the Government Accountability Office. Proposed changes to Form AA–1d include the addition of questions regarding an applicant’s daily activities, including any social and recreational activities and volunteer work; their education and training, any work performed since terminating their railroad occupation; whether an applicant used a facilitator or an attorney to either complete or aid in their completion of application. Clarification of existing items and other non-burden impacting editorial and formatting changes are also proposed. The RRB proposes no changes to Form G–204. One response is requested of each respondent. Completion of the forms is required to obtain/retain a benefit. E:\FR\FM\26FEN1.SGM 26FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Office of the Secretary


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB 
Review; Comment Request; Summary of Benefits and Coverage and Uniform 
Glossary Required Under the Affordable Care Act

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, DOL

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) revision titled, ``Summary of Benefits and 
Coverage and Uniform Glossary Required Under the Affordable Care Act,'' 
to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in 
accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), 44 U.S.C. 
3501 et seq. Public comments on the ICR are invited.

DATES: The OMB will consider all written comments that agency receives 
on or before March 28, 2016.

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 free of charge 
from the RegInfo.gov Web site at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=201602-1210-002 (this link will only become active 
on the day following publication of this notice) or by contacting 
Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-4129, TTY 202-693-8064, (these are 
not toll-free numbers) or by email at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.
    Submit comments about this request by mail or courier 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; by Fax: 202-395-5806 (this is not a toll-free 
number); or by email: OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov. Commenters are 
encouraged, but not required, to send a courtesy copy of any comments 
by mail or courier to the U.S. Department of Labor-OASAM, Office of the 
Chief Information Officer, Attn: Departmental Information Compliance 
Management Program, Room N1301, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20210; or by email: DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Michel Smyth by telephone at 
202-693-4129, TTY 202-693-8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by 
email at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This ICR seeks OMB approval of a revision to 
the Summary of Benefits and Coverage and Uniform Glossary (SBC) ICR 
codified in regulations 29 CFR 715-2715. The Patient Protection and 
Affordable Care Act, Pub. L. 111-148, was signed into law on March 23, 
2010, and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, 
Pub. L. 111-152, was signed into law on March 30, 2010 (collectively 
known as the ``Affordable Care Act''). The Affordable Care Act amends 
the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act) by adding section 2715 
``Development and Utilization of Uniform Explanation of Coverage 
Documents and Standardized Definitions.'' This section directs the 
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the DOL, and the 
Department of the Treasury (collectively, the Departments), in 
consultation with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners 
(NAIC) and a working group comprised of stakeholders to develop 
standards for use by a group health plan and a health insurance issuer 
in compiling and providing to applicants, enrollees, policyholders, and 
certificate holders a SBC explanation that accurately describes the 
benefits and coverage under the applicable plan or coverage.
    A notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) was published on August 22, 
2011 (76 FR 52442) with an accompanying document (76 FR 52475) 
containing the templates, instructions, and related materials for 
implementing the disclosure provisions under PHS Act 2715. The NPRM 
proposed 29 CFR 2590.715-2715. A final rule was published on February 
14, 2012. A second notice of proposed rulemaking was published on 
December 30, 2014 (79 FR 78577) to propose revisions to the regulation 
as well as the templates, instructions, and related materials. On March 
30, 2015, the Departments released an FAQ stating that the Departments 
intend to finalize changes to the regulations in the near future but 
intend to utilize consumer testing and offer an opportunity for the 
public, including the NAIC, to provide further input before finalizing 
revisions to the SBC template and associated documents. A final rule, 
without final revisions to the SBC template and associated documents, 
was published on June 16, 2015 (80 FR 34292).
    As required by section 2715, the Departments consulted the NAIC to 
provide further input before finalizing revisions to the SBC template 
and associated documents. The Departments now are finalizing the 
templates and glossary and requesting a three-year approval from the 
Office of Management and Budget for the revised information collection, 
so that plans and issuers may begin using the revised forms for making 
the disclosures under PHS Act section 2715 and the implementing 
regulations.
    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 1210-0147.
    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 thirty (30) days of publication of this 
notice in the Federal Register. In order to help ensure appropriate 
consideration, comments should mention OMB Control Number 1210-0147. 
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

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     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: Summary of Benefits and Coverage and Uniform 
Glossary Required Under the Affordable Care Act.
    OMB Control Number: 1210-0147.
    Affected Public: Private Sector--businesses or other for-profits 
and not-for-profit institutions.
    Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,299,742.
    Total Estimated Number of Responses: 71,252,326.
    Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 431,552 hours.
    Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $9,273,266.

    Dated: February 24, 2016.
Michel Smyth,
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2016-04314 Filed 2-25-16; 8:45 am]
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