Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 173 (Friday, September 6, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 173 (Friday, September 6, 2019)]
[Pages 46951-46952]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2019-19204]
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
[Document Identifier: CMS-10704]
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection;
Comment Request
AGENCY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HHS.
ACTION: Notice.
SUMMARY: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is
announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on CMS' intention
to collect information from the public. Under the Paperwork Reduction
Act of 1995 (the PRA), federal agencies are required to
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publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed
collection of information (including each proposed extension or
reinstatement of an existing collection of information) and to allow 60
days for public comment on the proposed action. Interested persons are
invited to send comments regarding our burden estimates or any other
aspect of this collection of information, including the necessity and
utility of the proposed information collection for the proper
performance of the agency's functions, the accuracy of the estimated
burden, ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the
information to be collected, and the use of automated collection
techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the
information collection burden.
DATES: Comments must be received by November 5, 2019.
ADDRESSES: When commenting, please reference the document identifier or
OMB control number. To be assured consideration, comments and
recommendations must be submitted in any one of the following ways:
    1. Electronically. You may send your comments electronically to Follow the instructions for ``Comment or
Submission'' or ``More Search Options'' to find the information
collection document(s) that are accepting comments.
    2. By regular mail. You may mail written comments to the following
address: CMS, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs,
Division of Regulations Development, Attention: Document Identifier/OMB
Control Number _, Room C4-26-05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore,
Maryland 21244-1850.
    To obtain copies of a supporting statement and any related forms
for the proposed collection(s) summarized in this notice, you may make
your request using one of following:
    1. Access CMS' website address at
    2. Email your request, including your address, phone number, OMB
number, and CMS document identifier, to [email protected].
    3. Call the Reports Clearance Office at (410) 786-1326.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William N. Parham at (410) 786-4669.
    This notice sets out a summary of the use and burden associated
with the following information collections. More detailed information
can be found in each collection's supporting statement and associated
materials (see ADDRESSES).
CMS-10704 Health Reimbursement Arrangements and Other Account-Based
Group Health Plans
    Under the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), federal agencies must obtain
approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each
collection of information they conduct or sponsor. The term
``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. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA requires federal agencies
to publish a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each
proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension
or reinstatement of an existing collection of information, before
submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this
requirement, CMS is publishing this notice.
Information Collection
    1. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently
approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Health
Reimbursement Arrangements and Other Account-Based Group Health Plans;
Use: On June 20, 2019, the Department of the Treasury, the Department
of Labor, and the Department of Health and Human Services
(collectively, the Departments) issued final regulations titled
``Health Reimbursement Arrangements and Other Account-Based Group
Health Plans'' (84 FR 28888) under section 2711 of the PHS Act and the
health nondiscrimination provisions of HIPAA, Public Law 104-191 (HIPAA
nondiscrimination provisions). The regulations expand the use of health
reimbursement arrangements and other account-based group health plans
(collectively referred to as HRAs). In general, the regulations expand
the use of HRAs by eliminating the current prohibition on integrating
HRAs with individual health insurance coverage, thereby permitting
employers to offer individual coverage HRAs to employees that can be
integrated with individual health insurance coverage or Medicare. Under
the regulations employees will be permitted to use amounts in an
individual coverage HRA to pay expenses for medical care (including
premiums for individual health insurance coverage and Medicare),
subject to certain requirements. This information collection includes
provisions related to substantiation of individual health insurance
coverage (45 CFR 146.123(c)(5)), the notice requirement for individual
coverage HRAs (45 CFR 146.123(c)(6)), and notification of termination
of coverage (45 CFR 146.123(c)(1)(iii)). Form Number: CMS-10704 (OMB
control number 0938-1361); Frequency: Annually; Affected Public:
Private Sector, State Governments; Number of Respondents: 2,005; Total
Annual Responses: 273,492; Total Annual Hours: 6,016. (For policy
questions regarding this collection contact Usree Bandyopadhyay at 410-
    Dated: August 30, 2019.
William N. Parham, III,
Director, Paperwork Reduction Staff, Office of Strategic Operations and
Regulatory Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2019-19204 Filed 9-5-19; 8:45 am]