Transparency in Coverage
These proposed rules set forth proposed requirements for group health plans and health insurance issuers in the individual and group markets to disclose cost-sharing information upon request, to a participant, beneficiary, or enrollee (or his or her authorized representative), including an estimate of such individual's cost- sharing liability for covered items or services furnished by a particular provider. Under these proposed rules, plans and issuers would be required to make such information available on an internet website and, if requested, through non-internet means, thereby allowing a participant, beneficiary, or enrollee (or his or her authorized representative) to obtain an estimate and understanding of the individual's out-of-pocket expenses and effectively shop for items and services. These proposed rules also include proposals to require plans and issuers to disclose in-network provider negotiated rates, and historical out-of-network allowed amounts through two machine-readable files posted on an internet website, thereby allowing the public to have access to health insurance coverage information that can be used to understand health care pricing and potentially dampen the rise in health care spending. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) also proposes amendments to its medical loss ratio program rules to allow issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage to receive credit in their medical loss ratio calculations for savings they share with enrollees that result from the enrollee's shopping for, and receiving care from, lower-cost, higher-value providers.
Medicare and Medicaid Programs: CY 2020 Hospital Outpatient PPS Policy Changes and Payment Rates and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System Policy Changes and Payment Rates. Price Transparency Requirements for Hospitals To Make Standard Charges Public
This final rule establishes requirements for hospitals operating in the United States to establish, update, and make public a list of their standard charges for the items and services that they provide. These actions are necessary to promote price transparency in health care and public access to hospital standard charges. By disclosing hospital standard charges, we believe the public (including patients, employers, clinicians, and other third parties) will have the information necessary to make more informed decisions about their care. We believe the impact of these final policies will help to increase market competition, and ultimately drive down the cost of health care services, making them more affordable for all patients.
Total and Permanent Disability Discharge of Loans Under Title IV of the Higher Education Act
The Department of Education (Department) issues these interim final regulations to amend and update the regulations for total and permanent disability student loan discharge for veterans by removing administrative burdens that may have prevented at least 20,000 totally and permanently disabled veterans from obtaining discharges of their student loans, as the law provides. These barriers create significant and unnecessary hardship for these veterans. Removing these barriers is a matter of pressing national concern. Although the Department construes its interim final rulemaking power narrowly, under these circumstances the Department finds good cause to implement the rule immediately.
Applications for New Awards; Expanding Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Program (CSP)-Grants to Charter Management Organizations for the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools (CMO Grants)
The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2020 for CSPCMO grants, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.282M. This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 4040-0004.
Company-Run Stress Testing Requirements for FDIC-Supervised State Nonmember Banks and State Savings Associations; Correction
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on October 24, 2019, regarding Company-Run Stress Testing Requirements for FDIC-Supervised State Nonmember Banks and State Savings Associations. This correction replaces three additional references to ``subpart'' with ``part,'' in order to standardize the language in FDIC regulations.
Prospective Grant of an Exclusive Patent License: Gene Therapy for Ocular Disease
The National Eye Institute, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, institutes of the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, are contemplating the grant of an exclusive patent license to OcQuila Therapeutics Ltd., a C corporation incorporated under the laws of the state of Delaware and a limited company incorporated under the laws of the United Kingdom, to practice the inventions covered by the patent estate listed in the Supplementary Information section of this notice.
Cultural Property Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting
The Department of State is issuing this notice to announce the location, date, time, and agenda for the next meeting of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee.
Certain Reload Cartridges for Laparoscopic Surgical Staplers; Notice of a Commission Determination Not To Review an Initial Determination Granting Complainants' Unopposed Motion To Amend the Complaint, Case Caption, and Notice of Investigation
Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined not to review an initial determination (``ID'') (Order No. 14) of the presiding administrative law judge (``ALJ'') granting an unopposed motion to amend the complaint, case caption, and notice of investigation in the above-captioned investigation.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of a New Approval of Information Collection: Aviation Maintenance Technical Workforce Development Grant Program
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for a new information collection. The collection involves the establishment of a new grant program in the FAA for the Aviation Maintenance Technical Workforce Development. The information to be collected will be used for selecting projects.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of a New Approval of Information Collection: FAA Aircraft Pilots Workforce Development Grant Program
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for a new information collection. The collection involves the establishment of a new grant program in the FAA for the Aircraft Pilots Workforce Development. The information to be collected will be used for selecting projects.
Safety Zone; Lower Mississippi River, Mile Markers 229.5 to 230.5 Baton Rouge, LA
The Coast Guard is proposing to establish a temporary safety zone for navigable waters of the Lower Mississippi River from mile marker (MM) 229.5 to MM 230.5, above Head of Passes. The safety zone is needed to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment on these navigable waters near Baton Rouge, LA, during a New Year's Eve fireworks display. Entry of vessels or persons into this zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Sector New Orleans. We invite your comments on this proposed rulemaking.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Environmental Hazards Registry (EHR) Worksheet (VA Form 10-10176)
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, this notice announces that the Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, will submit the collection of information abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The PRA submission describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden, and it includes the actual data collection instrument.
Premarket Tobacco Product Applications and Recordkeeping Requirements; Reopening of the Comment Period
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) is reopening the comment period for the proposed rulemaking that appeared in the Federal Register of September 25, 2019. The Agency is taking this action in response to a request for an extension to the comment period to allow interested persons additional time to submit comments.
Schedules for Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops and Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops
Free Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops and Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops will be held in January, February, and March of 2020. Certain fishermen and shark dealers are required to attend a workshop to meet regulatory requirements and to maintain valid permits. Specifically, the Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop is mandatory for all federally permitted Atlantic shark dealers. The Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop is mandatory for vessel owners and operators who use bottom longline, pelagic longline, or gillnet gear, and who have also been issued shark or swordfish limited access permits. Additional free workshops will be conducted during 2020 and will be announced in a future notice.
Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Monthly Certification of Flight Training
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, this notice announces that the Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, will submit the collection of information abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The PRA submission describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden and it includes the actual data collection instrument.
Motorcyclist Advisory Council; Notice of Public Meeting
This notice announces the fifth meeting of the FHWA Motorcyclist Advisory Council (MAC).
2019 Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee Call for Nominations Announcement
The Office of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking nominations of individuals to serve as non-federal public members on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC).
Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods Communities of Practice Webinar on Use of Animal-Free Affinity Reagents; Notice of Public Webinar; Registration Information
The Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM) announces a public webinar ``Use of Animal-free Affinity Reagents.'' The webinar is organized on behalf of ICCVAM by the National Toxicology Program Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM). Interested persons may participate via WebEx. Time will be allotted for questions from the audience. Information about the webinar and registration are available at https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/commprac-2020.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting
The Ecosystem and Ocean Planning (EOP) Committee and Advisory Panel (AP) of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting.
National Coal Council
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act and in accordance with Title 41 of the Code of Federal Regulations, and following consultation with the Committee Management Secretariat of the General Services Administration, notice is hereby given that the National Coal Council has been renewed for a two-year period. The Council will continue to provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Energy on a continuing basis regarding general policy matters relating to coal issues.
Almonds Grown in California; Revisions to the Accepted User Program Requirements and New Information Collection
This rule implements a recommendation from the Almond Board of California (Board) to revise the almond accepted user program requirements currently prescribed under the Marketing Order for Almonds Grown in California (Order). This rule prohibits the transfer of inedible material between accepted users, implements a new information collection form and makes a conforming change to an existing form.
Dried Prunes Produced in California; Decreased Assessment Rate
This final rule implements a recommendation from the Prune Marketing Committee (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2019-20 and subsequent crop years from $0.28 to $0.25 per ton of salable dried prunes handled under the Marketing Order 993. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Odometer Disclosure Requirements
This document responds to petitions for reconsideration regarding NHTSA's October 2, 2019, final rule amending NHTSA's odometer disclosure requirements to allow States to adopt electronic odometer disclosure systems and changing the time when vehicles become exempt from federal odometer disclosure requirements from ten years to twenty years. NHTSA received petitions for reconsideration from the America Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) and the State of Delaware Department of Transportation requesting that the agency delay the effective date of the changes to the exemption from odometer disclosure requirements for one year. After consideration of the petitions, NHTSA has decided to grant the petition. The change to the exemption from the odometer disclosure requirements will take effect on January 1, 2021 and will apply to model year 2011 and newer vehicles. The amendments in the October 2, 2019, final rule allowing States to adopt electronic odometer disclosure systems will still take effect as scheduled on December 31, 2019.
Emulsion Styrene-Butadiene Rubber From the Republic of Korea: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2017-2018
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily finds that emulsion styrene-butadiene (ESB rubber) from the Republic of Korea (Korea) is being, or is likely to be, sold, at less than normal value in the United States during the period of review (POR) February 24, 2017 through August 31, 2018. We invite all interested parties to comment on these preliminary results.
Tart Cherries Grown in the States of Michigan, et al.; Decreased Assessment Rate
This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Cherry Industry Administrative Board (Board) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2019-20 and subsequent fiscal years. The proposed assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Notice of Intent/Notice of Realty Action: Proposed Resource Management Plan Amendment and Non-Competitive Direct Sale for the Expansion of the San Jose Cemetery, Luis Lopez, Socorro County, NM
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is offering to sell a parcel of public land containing 2.72 acres through a non-competitive (direct) sale for the expansion of an existing cemetery at not less than the appraised fair market value of $7,400 to the Roman Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe San Miguel Parish. The sale is subject to the applicable provisions of Sections 203 and 209 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), as amended, and the BLM land sale and mineral conveyance regulations. In accordance to Section 203 of FLPMA disposal criteria for sales, a resource management plan (RMP) amendment is required establishing the disposal criteria using the Section 202 FLPMA planning process.
Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Lease WYW173493, Wyoming
As provided for under the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) received a petition for reinstatement of competitive oil and gas lease WYW173493 from Thunder Basin Resources, LLC, for land in Niobrara County, Wyoming. The lessee filed the petition on time, along with all rentals due since the lease terminated under the law. No leases affecting this land were issued before the petition was filed.
Notice of Orders Issued Under Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act During October 2019
The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy gives notice that during October 2019, it issued orders granting authority to import and export natural gas, to import and export liquefied natural gas (LNG), to amend, and to transfer authorization. These orders are summarized in the attached appendix and may be found on the FE website at https://www.energy.gov/fe/listing-doefe- authorizationsorders-issued-2019. They are also available for inspection and copying in the U.S. Department of Energy (FE-34), Division of Natural Gas Regulation, Office of Regulation, Analysis, and Engagement, Office of Fossil Energy, Docket Room 3E-033, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585, (202) 586-9478. The Docket Room is open between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
Commonwealth LNG, LLC; Application for Long-Term, Multi-Contract Authorization To Export Liquefied Natural Gas to Non-Free Trade Agreement Nations
The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice (Notice) of receipt of an application (Application), filed on October 16, 2019, by Commonwealth LNG, LLC (Commonwealth). The Application requests long-term, multi-contract authorization to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) in an amount up to the equivalent of approximately 441.4 billion cubic feet per year (Bcf/ yr) of natural gas. Commonwealth seeks to export this LNG from its proposed natural gas liquefaction and export facilities (LNG Facility) to be located in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. Commonwealth filed the Application under section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA). Protests, motions to intervene, notices of intervention, and written comments are invited.
Cheniere Marketing, LLC and Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC; Application for Long-Term, Multi-Contract Authorization To Export Liquefied Natural Gas to Non-Free Trade Agreement Nations
The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice (Notice) of receipt of an application (Application), filed on September 27, 2019, by Cheniere Marketing, LLC and Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC (collectively, CMI). The Application requests long-term, multi-contract authorization to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) in an amount up to the equivalent of approximately 108.16 billion cubic feet per year (Bcf/yr) of natural gas. CMI seeks to export this LNG from the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project located in Corpus Christi, Texas. CMI filed the Application under section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA). Protests, motions to intervene, notices of intervention, and written comments are invited.
Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC; Application for Long-Term, Multi-Contract Authorization To Export Liquefied Natural Gas to Non-Free Trade Agreement Nations
The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice (Notice) of receipt of an application (Application), filed on September 27, 2019, by Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC (SPL). The Application requests long-term, multi-contract authorization to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) in an amount up to the equivalent of approximately 152.64 billion cubic feet per year (Bcf/yr) of natural gas. SPL seeks to export this LNG from the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project and the Liquefaction Expansion Project located in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. SPL filed the Application under section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA). Protests, motions to intervene, notices of intervention, and written comments are invited.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental To Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Alaska Marine Lines Lutak Dock Project, Haines, Alaska
NMFS has received a request from Alaska Marine Lines, Inc. (AML) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to Lutak Dock project in Haines, Alaska. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to incidentally take marine mammals during the specified activities. NMFS is also requesting comments on a possible one-year renewal that could be issued under certain circumstances and if all requirements are met, as described in Request for Public Comments at the end of this notice. NMFS will consider public comments prior to making any final decision on the issuance of the requested MMPA authorizations and agency responses will be summarized in the final notice of our decision.
Consumer Advisory Committee
The Commission announces the next meeting date, time, and agenda of its Consumer Advisory Committee (hereinafter the ``Committee'').
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed eCollection; eComments Requested; Extension Without Change of a Currently Approved Collection. Requirement That Movie Theaters Provide Notice as to the Availability of Closed Movie Captioning and Audio Description
The Department of Justice (the Department), Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section (DRS), will submit the following information collection extension request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA).
Non-Traditional and Emerging Transportation Technology (NETT) Council
In April 2019, the Department of Transportation (DOT) created the Non-Traditional and Emerging Transportation Technology (NETT) Council, an internal deliberative body at DOT, to identify and resolve jurisdictional and regulatory gaps associated with non-traditional and emerging transportation projects pending before DOT, including with respect to safety oversight, environmental review, and funding issues. The Office of the Secretary of Transportation invites comments on projects, issues, or topics that DOT should consider through the NETT Council, including regulatory models and other alternative approaches for non-traditional and emerging transportation technologies.