Proposed Revision of Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment; Draft Model Non-Quantitative Treatment Limitations Form, 28939-28940 [2017-13224]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 121 / Monday, June 26, 2017 / Notices The supplementation identification information is as follows: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Individual 1. BOULGHITI, Boubekeur (a.k.a. BOULGHIT, Boubakeur; a.k.a. ‘‘AL DJAZAIRI, Abou Bakr’’; a.k.a. ‘‘AL-JAZARI, Yasir’’; a.k.a. ‘‘AL-JAZIRI, Abou Yasser’’; a.k.a. ‘‘AL-JAZIRI, Abu Bakr’’; a.k.a. ‘‘EL DJAZAIRI, Abou Yasser’’), Peshawar, Pakistan; DOB 13 Feb 1970; POB Rouiba, Algiers, Algeria; nationality Algeria; Gender Male (individual) [SDGT]. Dated: June 21, 2017. Andrea Gacki, Acting Director, Office of Foreign Assets Control. [FR Doc. 2017–13278 Filed 6–23–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–AL–P DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY Internal Revenue Service Proposed Revision of Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment; Draft Model NonQuantitative Treatment Limitations Form Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA 95), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information. This helps the IRS assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the reporting burden on the public and helps the public understand the IRS’s information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. Currently, the IRS is soliciting comments on a revision of the Notices under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 information collection request (ICR) to add a model form participants and authorized representatives can use to request certain inform from their health plans that is discussed below. A copy of the information collection request (ICR) may be obtained by contacting the office listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office shown in the ADDRESSES section on or before September 1, 2017. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Laurie Brimmer, Internal Revenue Service, Room 6129, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20224. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:04 Jun 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 Requests for additional information or copies of the draft model form should be directed to R. Joseph Durbala, at Internal Revenue Service, Room 6129, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20224, or at (202) 317–5746, or through the internet at RJoseph.Durbala@irs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) was enacted on October 3, 2008 and amended by the Affordable Care Act and the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act). Generally, MHPAEA requires that the financial requirements and treatment limitations imposed on mental health and substance use disorder (MH/SUD) benefits cannot be more restrictive than the predominant financial requirements and treatment limitations that apply to substantially all medical and surgical benefits. As discussed below, MHPAEA includes several disclosure requirements for group health plans and health insurance issuers. The Cures Act 1 was enacted on December 13, 2016. Among its requirements, the Cures Act contains provisions that are intended to improve compliance with MHPAEA by requiring the Departments to solicit feedback from the public on how to improve the process for group health plans and issuers to disclose the information required under MHPAEA and other laws. The statutory MHPAEA provisions and implementing regulations expressly provide that a plan or issuer must disclose the criteria for medical necessity determinations with respect to MH/SUD benefits to any current or potential participant, beneficiary, or contracting provider upon request and must disclose the reason for any denial of reimbursement or payment for services with respect to MH/SUD benefits to the participant or beneficiary. On October 27, 2016, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (the Departments) issued Affordable Care Act Implementation FAQs Part 34, which, among other things, solicited feedback regarding disclosures with respect to MH/SUD benefits under MHPAEA and other laws. In the FAQs, the Departments indicated that they had received questions and suggestions regarding disclosures with respect to 1 Public PO 00000 Law 114–255 Frm 00126 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 28939 Nonquantitative Treatment Limitation (NQTLs) applicable to medical/surgical and MH?SUD benefits under the plan. The feedback also included requests from various stakeholders for model forms that group health plan participants, beneficiaries, covered individuals in the individual market, or persons acting on their behalf could use to request relevant disclosures. Stakeholders also requested guidance on other ways in which disclosures, or the process for requesting disclosures, could be more uniform, streamlined, or otherwise simplified In addition, the Departments indicated that they had received requests to explore ways to encourage uniformity among State reviews of health insurance issuers’ compliance with the NQTL standards. Various stakeholders stated that model forms to report NQTL information will help facilitate uniform implementation and enforcement of MHPAEA, and relieve some complexity that MHPAEA compliance poses for issuers operating in multiple States. Furthermore, other stakeholders highlighted that the use of such model forms may also benefit consumers, as consumers will be entitled to request the analysis performed to complete the model forms. The Cures Act requires the Departments, by June 13, 2017, to solicit feedback from the public on how the disclosure request process for documents containing information that health plans and health insurance issuers are required under Federal or State law to disclose to participants, beneficiaries, contracting providers or authorized representatives to ensure compliance with existing mental health parity and addiction equity requirements can be improved while continuing to ensure consumers’ rights to access all information required by Federal or State law to be disclosed.2 The Cures Act requires the Departments to make this feedback publicly available by December 13, 2017.3 The Departments recently issued Affordable Care Act Implementation FAQs Part 38, which again solicited comments on FAQs Part 34 as required 2 Cures Act section 13001(c)(1). Act section 13001(c)(2). The Departments must also share this feedback with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) to the extent the feedback includes recommendations for the development of simplified information disclosure tools to provide consistent information to consumers. Such feedback may be taken into consideration by the NAIC and other appropriate entities for the voluntary development and voluntary use of common templates and other sample standardized forms to improve consumer access to plan information. See Cures Act section 13001(c)(3). 3 Cures E:\FR\FM\26JNN1.SGM 26JNN1 28940 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 121 / Monday, June 26, 2017 / Notices by the Cures Act. The Departments also solicited comments on a draft model form that participants, enrollees, or their authorized representatives could use to request information from their health plan or issuer regarding NQTLs that may affect their MH/SUD benefits, or to obtain documentation after an adverse benefit determination involving MH/ SUD benefits to support an appeal. The draft model form is an information collection subject to the PRA. The model from and instructions are available at https://www.dol.gov/ agencies/ebsa. II. Current Actions This notice requests public comment on the draft model form discussed above. The IRS notes that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, an information collection unless it displays a valid OMB control number. A summary of the ICR and the current burden estimates follows: Type of Review: Revised Collection. Agency: Internal Revenue Service. Title: Notices under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008—Draft Model Non-Qualitative Treatment Limitations Form. OMB Numbers: 1545–2165. Affected Public: Private Sector—Not for profit organizations; businesses or other for profits. Total Respondents: 1,204,215 (combined with DOL the total is 2,408,430). Total Responses: 1,204,215 (combined with DOL the total is 2,408,430). Frequency of Response: On occasion. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 26,295 (combined with DOL the total is 52,590 hours). Estimated Total Annual Burden Cost: $3,424,759 (combined with DOL the total is $6,849,519). sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES III. Desired Focus of Comments The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:04 Jun 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 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., by permitting electronic submissions of responses. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the ICR for OMB approval of the revision of the information collection; they will also become a matter of public record. Dated: June 16, 2017. R. Joseph Durbala, Tax Analyst, Internal Revenue Service. [FR Doc. 2017–13224 Filed 6–23–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4830–01–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Internal Revenue Service Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Taxpayer Statement Regarding Refund Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA 95), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on continuing collections of information. This helps the IRS assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the reporting burden on the public and helps the public understand the IRS’s information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. The IRS is soliciting comments concerning Taxpayer Statement Regarding Refund. The information and taxpayer signature are needed to begin the tracing action. DATES: Written comments should be received on or before August 25, 2017 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to L. Brimmer, Internal Revenue Service, Room 6526, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20224. Requests for additional information or copies of the form and instructions should be directed to Martha R. Brinson, Internal Revenue Service, Room 6526, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20224 or through the Internet at Martha.R.Brinson@irs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Taxpayer Statement Regarding Refund. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00127 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 OMB Number: 1545–1384. Form Number: 3911. Abstract: Form 3911 is used by taxpayers to notify the IRS that a tax refund previously claimed has not been received. The form is normally completed by the taxpayer as the result of an inquiry in which the taxpayer claims non-receipt, loss, theft, or destruction of a tax refund and IRS research shows that the refund has been issued. The information on the form is needed to clearly identify the refund to be traced. Current Actions: There are no changes being made to the form at this time. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. Affected Public: Individuals or households, business or other for-profit organizations, and not-for-profit institutions. Estimated Number of Respondents: 200,000. Estimated Time per Response: 5 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 16,600. The following paragraph applies to all of the collections of information covered by this notice: An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a valid OMB control number. Books or records relating to a collection of information must be retained as long as their contents may become material in the administration of any internal revenue law. Generally, tax returns and tax return information are confidential, as required by 26 U.S.C. 6103. Request for Comments: Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. E:\FR\FM\26JNN1.SGM 26JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 121 (Monday, June 26, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 28939-28940]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-13224]


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DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY

Internal Revenue Service


Proposed Revision of Information Collection Request Submitted for 
Public Comment; Draft Model Non-Quantitative Treatment Limitations Form

AGENCY: Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in accordance with the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA 95), provides the general public 
and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and 
continuing collections of information. This helps the IRS assess the 
impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the 
reporting burden on the public and helps the public understand the 
IRS's information collection requirements and provide the requested 
data in the desired format. Currently, the IRS is soliciting comments 
on a revision of the Notices under the Mental Health Parity and 
Addiction Equity Act of 2008 information collection request (ICR) to 
add a model form participants and authorized representatives can use to 
request certain inform from their health plans that is discussed below.
    A copy of the information collection request (ICR) may be obtained 
by contacting the office listed in the ADDRESSES section of this 
notice.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office shown in the 
ADDRESSES section on or before September 1, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Laurie Brimmer, Internal 
Revenue Service, Room 6129, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, 
DC 20224.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the draft model form should be directed to R. Joseph Durbala, 
at Internal Revenue Service, Room 6129, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20224, or at (202) 317-5746, or through the internet at 
RJoseph.Durbala@irs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and 
Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) was enacted on October 3, 2008 
and amended by the Affordable Care Act and the 21st Century Cures Act 
(Cures Act). Generally, MHPAEA requires that the financial requirements 
and treatment limitations imposed on mental health and substance use 
disorder (MH/SUD) benefits cannot be more restrictive than the 
predominant financial requirements and treatment limitations that apply 
to substantially all medical and surgical benefits. As discussed below, 
MHPAEA includes several disclosure requirements for group health plans 
and health insurance issuers.
    The Cures Act \1\ was enacted on December 13, 2016. Among its 
requirements, the Cures Act contains provisions that are intended to 
improve compliance with MHPAEA by requiring the Departments to solicit 
feedback from the public on how to improve the process for group health 
plans and issuers to disclose the information required under MHPAEA and 
other laws.
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    \1\ Public Law 114-255.
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    The statutory MHPAEA provisions and implementing regulations 
expressly provide that a plan or issuer must disclose the criteria for 
medical necessity determinations with respect to MH/SUD benefits to any 
current or potential participant, beneficiary, or contracting provider 
upon request and must disclose the reason for any denial of 
reimbursement or payment for services with respect to MH/SUD benefits 
to the participant or beneficiary.
    On October 27, 2016, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human 
Services, and the Treasury (the Departments) issued Affordable Care Act 
Implementation FAQs Part 34, which, among other things, solicited 
feedback regarding disclosures with respect to MH/SUD benefits under 
MHPAEA and other laws. In the FAQs, the Departments indicated that they 
had received questions and suggestions regarding disclosures with 
respect to Nonquantitative Treatment Limitation (NQTLs) applicable to 
medical/surgical and MH?SUD benefits under the plan. The feedback also 
included requests from various stakeholders for model forms that group 
health plan participants, beneficiaries, covered individuals in the 
individual market, or persons acting on their behalf could use to 
request relevant disclosures. Stakeholders also requested guidance on 
other ways in which disclosures, or the process for requesting 
disclosures, could be more uniform, streamlined, or otherwise 
simplified
    In addition, the Departments indicated that they had received 
requests to explore ways to encourage uniformity among State reviews of 
health insurance issuers' compliance with the NQTL standards. Various 
stakeholders stated that model forms to report NQTL information will 
help facilitate uniform implementation and enforcement of MHPAEA, and 
relieve some complexity that MHPAEA compliance poses for issuers 
operating in multiple States. Furthermore, other stakeholders 
highlighted that the use of such model forms may also benefit 
consumers, as consumers will be entitled to request the analysis 
performed to complete the model forms.
    The Cures Act requires the Departments, by June 13, 2017, to 
solicit feedback from the public on how the disclosure request process 
for documents containing information that health plans and health 
insurance issuers are required under Federal or State law to disclose 
to participants, beneficiaries, contracting providers or authorized 
representatives to ensure compliance with existing mental health parity 
and addiction equity requirements can be improved while continuing to 
ensure consumers' rights to access all information required by Federal 
or State law to be disclosed.\2\ The Cures Act requires the Departments 
to make this feedback publicly available by December 13, 2017.\3\
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    \2\ Cures Act section 13001(c)(1).
    \3\ Cures Act section 13001(c)(2). The Departments must also 
share this feedback with the National Association of Insurance 
Commissioners (NAIC) to the extent the feedback includes 
recommendations for the development of simplified information 
disclosure tools to provide consistent information to consumers. 
Such feedback may be taken into consideration by the NAIC and other 
appropriate entities for the voluntary development and voluntary use 
of common templates and other sample standardized forms to improve 
consumer access to plan information. See Cures Act section 
13001(c)(3).
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    The Departments recently issued Affordable Care Act Implementation 
FAQs Part 38, which again solicited comments on FAQs Part 34 as 
required

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by the Cures Act. The Departments also solicited comments on a draft 
model form that participants, enrollees, or their authorized 
representatives could use to request information from their health plan 
or issuer regarding NQTLs that may affect their MH/SUD benefits, or to 
obtain documentation after an adverse benefit determination involving 
MH/SUD benefits to support an appeal. The draft model form is an 
information collection subject to the PRA. The model from and 
instructions are available at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ebsa.

II. Current Actions

    This notice requests public comment on the draft model form 
discussed above. The IRS notes that an agency may not conduct or 
sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, an information 
collection unless it displays a valid OMB control number. A summary of 
the ICR and the current burden estimates follows:
    Type of Review: Revised Collection.
    Agency: Internal Revenue Service.
    Title: Notices under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity 
Act of 2008--Draft Model Non-Qualitative Treatment Limitations Form.
    OMB Numbers: 1545-2165.
    Affected Public: Private Sector--Not for profit organizations; 
businesses or other for profits.
    Total Respondents: 1,204,215 (combined with DOL the total is 
2,408,430).
    Total Responses: 1,204,215 (combined with DOL the total is 
2,408,430).
    Frequency of Response: On occasion.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 26,295 (combined with DOL the 
total is 52,590 hours).
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Cost: $3,424,759 (combined with DOL 
the total is $6,849,519).

III. Desired Focus of Comments

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 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., by 
permitting electronic submissions of responses.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the ICR for OMB approval of the revision of the 
information collection; they will also become a matter of public 
record.

    Dated: June 16, 2017.
R. Joseph Durbala,
Tax Analyst, Internal Revenue Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-13224 Filed 6-23-17; 8:45 am]
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