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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 249 / Monday, December 30, 2019 / Notices information to be collected; and (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. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted within 60 days of this publication. Authority: U.S.C. Section 402 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 602). Mary B. Jones, ACF/OPRE Certifying Officer. [FR Doc. 2019–28090 Filed 12–27–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–36–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Community Living Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; SHIP–SMP Survey of Group Outreach and Education Events, Formerly the ‘‘Senior Medicare Program National Beneficiary Survey’’, OMB #0985–0056 Administration for Community Living, HHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on the proposed collection of information listed above. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA), Federal agencies are required to publish a notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on the Proposed Revision and solicits comments on the information collection requirements related to the ‘‘National SHIP–SMP Beneficiary Survey of Group Outreach and Education Events’’. DATES: Comments on the collection of information must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. (EST) or postmarked by February 28, 2020. ADDRESSES: Submit electronic comments on the collection of information to: Sara Vogler. Submit written comments on the collection of information to Administration for Community Living, Washington, DC 20201, Attention: Sara Vogler. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sara Vogler, Administration for Community khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:00 Dec 27, 2019 Jkt 250001 Living, Washington, DC 20201, 202– 795–7461, Sara.Vogler@acl.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA, Federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. ‘‘Collection of information’’ is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and includes agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. The PRA requires Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, ACL is publishing a notice of the proposed collection of information set forth in this document. With respect to the following collection of information, ACL invites comments on our burden estimates or any other aspect of this collection of information, including: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of ACL’s functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of ACL’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used to determine burden estimates; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques when appropriate, and other forms of information technology. The SHIP–SMP Survey of Group Outreach and Education Events is a survey of individuals who attend outreach and education events provided by the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) or Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP). These events help Medicare beneficiaries understand their Medicare benefits and options. These events also increase the ability of beneficiaries to identify fraud, waste, and abuse within health care programs generally, and Medicare/Medicaid specifically. The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) was created under the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990. This section of the law authorized the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to make grants to states to establish and maintain health insurance advisory service programs for PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 71953 Medicare beneficiaries. Grant funds were made available to support information, counseling, and assistance activities related to Medicare, Medicaid, and other health insurance options. The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program was authorized in 1997 under Titles II and IV of the Older Americans Act, the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriation Act of 1997 and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. The SMP mission is to empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers, to prevent, detect, and report suspected healthcare fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling, and education. SMP grantees support ACL’s goals of promoting increased choice and greater independence among older adults and individuals with disabilities. SMP activities enhance the financial, emotional, physical, and mental wellbeing of older adults, thereby increasing their capacity to maintain security in retirement and make better financial and healthcare choices. SHIP–SMP grantees provide group outreach and education through presentation events, and this collection will survey the attendees of those events. The SHIP–SMP Survey of Group Outreach and Education Events will focus on group outreach and education events and the individuals who attend them, to determine if the target audience is satisfied with the information they are receiving. This is a renewal of the existing Senior Medicare Program National Beneficiary Survey, which received clearance on August 28, 2017, with ICR Reference Number 201702– 0985–003 and OMB Control Number 0985–0056. That survey was conducted over a three-year period beginning on October 1, 2017, and will conclude on March 30, 2020. To date, the Senior Medicare Program National Beneficiary Survey has generated over 5000 responses, all of which were submitted anonymously and voluntarily. ACL requests renewal of the survey to continue the collection performed in Fiscal Years 2018, 2019, and 2020. Reports developed for FY18 and FY19 participants have provided an overall measure of presentation attendee satisfaction and have provided insight into the relationship between presentation inputs (information provided, access to presentations) and overall satisfaction. The renewed survey will include both SHIP and SMP presentations and will survey every participating state and territory at least once each year. To generate a sample with a 95% confidence level at the national level E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM 30DEN1 71954 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 249 / Monday, December 30, 2019 / Notices 400 responses will be required, which is based on over 500,000 group outreach and education event attendees in 2018. ACL will draw a representative sample of event attendees by surveying each of the 54 participating states and territories at least once. An average event surveyed in FY18 or FY19 generated 11 completed surveys, resulting in an estimated minimal collection of 600 responses. In the first three years of the existing survey states and territories had the opportunity to exceed the minimum requirements, in order to collect a larger overall dataset for their state or territory. This opportunity will continue with the renewed survey. Assuming that an average state or territory collects 100 surveys per year, the maximum burden estimate is 5400 responses per year. Number of respondents (minimum) Respondent/data collection activity Estimated Program Burden ACL estimates the burden associated with this collection of information as follows: Responses per respondent Hours per response Annual burden hours Survey, Stratified Random Sample ................................................................. 600 1 5/60 50 Total .......................................................................................................... 600 1 5/60 50 Number of respondents (maximum) Respondent/data collection activity Responses per respondent Hours per response Annual burden hours Survey, Stratified Random Sample ................................................................. 5400 1 5/60 450 Total .......................................................................................................... 5400 1 5/60 450 Dated: December 19, 2019. Mary Lazare, Principal Deputy Administrator. [FR Doc. 2019–28104 Filed 12–27–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4154–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Community Living [OMB# 0985–0040] Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Public Comment Request; State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) Data Performance Reports and Information Collection Tools Administration for Community Living, HHS. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on the proposed collection of information listed above. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA), Federal agencies are required to publish a notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed revision of an existing collection of information, and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This is a revision request for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the modification SUMMARY: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES The proposed data collection tools may be found on the ACL website for review at https://www.acl.gov/aboutacl/public-input. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:00 Dec 27, 2019 Jkt 250001 and use of the Data Performance Reports and Information Collection tools for the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) under OMB 0985–0040 that expires March 31, 2020. DATES: Comments on the collection of information must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. (EST) or postmarked by February 28, 2020. ADDRESSES: Submit electronic comments on the collection of information to: Office of Healthcare Information and Counseling, OHIC@ acl.hhs.gov, the collection of information to Administration for Community Living, Washington, DC 20201, Attention: Rebecca Kinney. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rebecca Kinney, Office of Healthcare Information and Counseling (OHIC), Administration for Community Living, Washington, DC 20201, Phone: 202– 795–7397, E-Mail: Rebecca.Kinney@ acl.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA, Federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. ‘‘Collection of information’’ is defined as and includes agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. The PRA requires Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed revision of an existing collection of information, before submitting the PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, ACL is publishing a notice of the proposed collection of information set forth in this document. With respect to the following collection of information, ACL invites comments on our burden estimates or any other aspect of this collection of information, including: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of ACL’s functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of ACL’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used to determine burden estimates; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques when appropriate, and other forms of information technology. The purpose of this data collection is to collect performance data from grantees, grantee team members, and partners. Congress requires this data collection for program monitoring and Government Performance Results Act (GPRA) purposes. This data collection allows the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Center for Innovation and Partnership (CIP) to communicate with Congress and the public on the State Health Insurance E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM 30DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Community Living


Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request; SHIP-SMP Survey of Group Outreach and Education 
Events, Formerly the ``Senior Medicare Program National Beneficiary 
Survey'', OMB #0985-0056

AGENCY: Administration for Community Living, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY:  The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is announcing 
an opportunity for the public to comment on the proposed collection of 
information listed above. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 
(the PRA), Federal agencies are required to publish a notice in the 
Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, 
including each proposed extension of an existing collection of 
information, and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the 
notice.
    This notice solicits comments on the Proposed Revision and solicits 
comments on the information collection requirements related to the 
``National SHIP-SMP Beneficiary Survey of Group Outreach and Education 
Events''.

DATES:  Comments on the collection of information must be submitted 
electronically by 11:59 p.m. (EST) or postmarked by February 28, 2020.

ADDRESSES:  Submit electronic comments on the collection of information 
to: Sara Vogler. Submit written comments on the collection of 
information to Administration for Community Living, Washington, DC 
20201, Attention: Sara Vogler.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Sara Vogler, Administration for 
Community Living, Washington, DC 20201, 202-795-7461, 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:  Under the PRA, Federal agencies must obtain 
approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each 
collection of information they conduct or sponsor. ``Collection of 
information'' is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and 
includes agency requests or requirements that members of the public 
submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party.
    The PRA requires Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the 
Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, 
including each proposed extension of an existing collection of 
information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To 
comply with this requirement, ACL is publishing a notice of the 
proposed collection of information set forth in this document.
    With respect to the following collection of information, ACL 
invites comments on our burden estimates or any other aspect of this 
collection of information, including: (1) Whether the proposed 
collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of 
ACL's functions, including whether the information will have practical 
utility; (2) the accuracy of ACL's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used to determine burden estimates; (3) 
ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of 
information on respondents, including through the use of automated 
collection techniques when appropriate, and other forms of information 
technology.
    The SHIP-SMP Survey of Group Outreach and Education Events is a 
survey of individuals who attend outreach and education events provided 
by the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) or Senior 
Medicare Patrol (SMP). These events help Medicare beneficiaries 
understand their Medicare benefits and options. These events also 
increase the ability of beneficiaries to identify fraud, waste, and 
abuse within health care programs generally, and Medicare/Medicaid 
specifically.
    The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) was created 
under the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990. This section of 
the law authorized the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to 
make grants to states to establish and maintain health insurance 
advisory service programs for Medicare beneficiaries. Grant funds were 
made available to support information, counseling, and assistance 
activities related to Medicare, Medicaid, and other health insurance 
options.
    The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program was authorized in 1997 
under Titles II and IV of the Older Americans Act, the Omnibus 
Consolidated Appropriation Act of 1997 and the Health Insurance 
Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. The SMP mission is to 
empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and 
caregivers, to prevent, detect, and report suspected healthcare fraud, 
errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling, and education.
    SMP grantees support ACL's goals of promoting increased choice and 
greater independence among older adults and individuals with 
disabilities. SMP activities enhance the financial, emotional, 
physical, and mental well-being of older adults, thereby increasing 
their capacity to maintain security in retirement and make better 
financial and healthcare choices.
    SHIP-SMP grantees provide group outreach and education through 
presentation events, and this collection will survey the attendees of 
those events. The SHIP-SMP Survey of Group Outreach and Education 
Events will focus on group outreach and education events and the 
individuals who attend them, to determine if the target audience is 
satisfied with the information they are receiving. This is a renewal of 
the existing Senior Medicare Program National Beneficiary Survey, which 
received clearance on August 28, 2017, with ICR Reference Number 
201702-0985-003 and OMB Control Number 0985-0056. That survey was 
conducted over a three-year period beginning on October 1, 2017, and 
will conclude on March 30, 2020. To date, the Senior Medicare Program 
National Beneficiary Survey has generated over 5000 responses, all of 
which were submitted anonymously and voluntarily.
    ACL requests renewal of the survey to continue the collection 
performed in Fiscal Years 2018, 2019, and 2020. Reports developed for 
FY18 and FY19 participants have provided an overall measure of 
presentation attendee satisfaction and have provided insight into the 
relationship between presentation inputs (information provided, access 
to presentations) and overall satisfaction. The renewed survey will 
include both SHIP and SMP presentations and will survey every 
participating state and territory at least once each year.
    To generate a sample with a 95% confidence level at the national 
level

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400 responses will be required, which is based on over 500,000 group 
outreach and education event attendees in 2018. ACL will draw a 
representative sample of event attendees by surveying each of the 54 
participating states and territories at least once. An average event 
surveyed in FY18 or FY19 generated 11 completed surveys, resulting in 
an estimated minimal collection of 600 responses.
    In the first three years of the existing survey states and 
territories had the opportunity to exceed the minimum requirements, in 
order to collect a larger overall dataset for their state or territory. 
This opportunity will continue with the renewed survey. Assuming that 
an average state or territory collects 100 surveys per year, the 
maximum burden estimate is 5400 responses per year.
    The proposed data collection tools may be found on the ACL website 
for review at https://www.acl.gov/about-acl/public-input.

Estimated Program Burden

    ACL estimates the burden associated with this collection of 
information as follows:

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                                                     Number of
       Respondent/data collection activity          respondents    Responses per     Hours per     Annual burden
                                                     (minimum)      respondent       response          hours
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Survey, Stratified Random Sample................             600               1            5/60              50
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    Total.......................................             600               1            5/60              50
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                                                     Number of
       Respondent/data collection activity          respondents    Responses per     Hours per     Annual burden
                                                     (maximum)      respondent       response          hours
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Survey, Stratified Random Sample................            5400               1            5/60             450
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    Total.......................................            5400               1            5/60             450
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    Dated: December 19, 2019.
Mary Lazare,
Principal Deputy Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2019-28104 Filed 12-27-19; 8:45 am]
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