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74018 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No.

239 / Wednesday, December 14, 2005 / Notices

Unless otherwise noted, comments DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND will take effect beginning with the 2006
regarding the applications must be HUMAN SERVICES contract year. These new features
received at the Reserve Bank indicated include authority for new MA regional
or the offices of the Board of Governors Centers for Medicare and Medicaid plans to be organized as regional
not later than December 29, 2005. Services preferred provider organizations
[Document Identifier: CMS–10117–10118– (RPPOs). The MMA also amended the
A. Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
10119–10135–10136] Social Security Act to introduce a new
(Andre Anderson, Vice President) 1000 process for determining beneficiary
Peachtree Street, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia Emergency Clearance: Public premiums and benefits for 2006 and
30303: Information Collection Requirements future years. Under the new process MA
The Savannah Bancorp, Inc., Submitted to the Office of Management organizations will submit a ‘‘bid’’
Savannah, Georgia; to acquire 100 and Budget (OMB) reflecting their revenue needs for
percent of the voting shares of covering the benefits they plan to offer.
AGENCY: Center for Medicare and 1. Type of Information Collection
Harbourside Community Bank, Hilton Medicaid Services.
Head, South Carolina (in organization), Request: Revision of a currently
In compliance with the requirement approved collection; Title of
and thereby engage in operating a of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the
savings association pursuant to section Information Collection: Qualification—
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Medicare Advantage Application For
225.28(b)(4)(ii) of Regulation Y. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Coordinated Care, Private Fee-For-
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Services (CMS), Department of Health Service, Regional Preferred Provider
System, December 9, 2005. and Human Services, is publishing the Organization, Service Area Expansion
Robert deV. Frierson, following summary of proposed For Coordinated Care and Private Fee-
Deputy Secretary of the Board.
collections for public comment. For-Service Plans, Medical Savings
Interested persons are invited to send Account Plans; Use: An entity seeking a
[FR Doc. E5–7335 Filed 12–13–05; 8:45 am]
comments to regarding this burden contract as an MA organization must be
BILLING CODE 6210–01–S estimate or any other aspect of this able to provide Medicare’s basic benefits
collection of information, including any plus meet the organizational
of the following subjects: (1) The requirements set out in regulations at 42
necessity and utility of the proposed CFR part 422. An applicant must
FEDERAL RETIREMENT THRIFT information collection for the proper demonstrate that is can meet the benefit
INVESTMENT BOARD performance of the agency’s functions; and other requirements within the
(2) the accuracy of the estimated specific geographic area it is requesting.
Sunshine Act; Meeting burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, The application forms are designed to
utility, and clarity of the information to provide the information needed to
TIME AND DATE: 9 a.m. (EDT), December be collected; and (4) the use of determine the health plan’s compliance.
19, 2005. automated collection techniques or The regulatory requirements are
PLACE:4th Floor Conference Room, other forms of information technology to incorporated into the MA applications.
minimize the information collection The MA application forms will be used
1250 H Street, NW., Washington, DC.
burden. to determine if an entity is eligible to
STATUS: Parts will be open to the public We are, however, requesting an enter into a contract to provide services
and parts closed to the public. emergency review of the information to Medicare beneficiaries; Form
collection referenced below. In Number: CMS–10117, 10118, 10119,
MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED:
compliance with the requirement of 10135, 10136 (OMB#: 0938–0935);
Parts Open to the Public section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Frequency: Reporting: One time
Reduction Act of 1995, we have submission; Affected Public: Business or
1. Approval of the minutes of the submitted to the Office of Management other for-profit, Not-for-profit
November 29, 2005, Board member and Budget (OMB) the following institutions and State, Local or Tribal
meeting. requirements for emergency review. We Government; Number of Respondents:
2. Thrift Savings Plan activity report are requesting an emergency review 65; Total Annual Responses: 90; Total
by the Executive Director. because the collection of this Annual Hours: 2770.
information is needed before the CMS is requesting OMB review and
Parts Closed to the Public expiration of the normal time limits approval of this collection by January
under OMB’s regulations at 5 CFR part 20, 2006, with a 180-day approval
3. Agency personnel matters. 1320. This is necessary to ensure period. Written comments and
CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: compliance with an Administration recommendations will be considered
Thomas J. Trabucco, Director, Office of Initiative. We cannot reasonably comply from the public if received by the
External Affairs, (202) 942–1640. with the normal clearance procedures individuals designated below by
because a statutory deadline under the December 28, 2005.
Dated: December 12, 2005. Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) To obtain copies of the supporting
Elizabeth S. Woodruff, would be missed. statement and any related forms for the
Secretary to the Board, Federal Retirement Title II of the Medicare Modernization proposed paperwork collections
Thrift Investment Board. Act (MMA) modified and re-named the referenced above, access CMS’ Web site
[FR Doc. 05–24087 Filed 12–12–05; 2:22 pm] existing Medicare+Choice (M+C) address at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/
BILLING CODE 6760–01–P program established under Part C of title regulations/pra or E-mail your request,
XVIII of the Social Security Act. The including your address, phone number,
program is now called the Medicare OMB number, and CMS document
Advantage (MA) program. Although identifier, to Paperwork@cms.hhs.gov,
some MMA program changes are or call the Reports Clearance Office on
already in effect, several new features (410) 786–1326.

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Interested persons are invited to send collection referenced below. In plans). Cost Plans that are regulated
comments regarding the burden or any compliance with the requirement of under Section 1876 of the Social
other aspect of these collections of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Security Act, Employer Group Waiver
information requirements. However, as Reduction Act of 1995, we have Plans (EGWP) and PACE plans may also
noted above, comments on these submitted to the Office of Management provide a Part D benefit. Organizations
information collection and and Budget (OMB) the following wishing to provide services under the
recordkeeping requirements must be requirements for emergency review. We Prescription Drug Benefit Program must
mailed and/or faxed to the designees are requesting an emergency review complete an application, negotiate rates,
referenced below by December 28, 2005: because the collection of this and receive final approval from CMS.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid information is needed before the Existing Part D Sponsors may also
Services, Office of Strategic Operations expiration of the normal time limits expand their contracted service area by
and Regulatory Affairs, Room C4–26–05, under OMB’s regulations at 5 CFR part completing the Service Area Expansion
7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 1320. This is necessary to ensure (SAE) application; Frequency:
21244–1850, Fax Number: (410) 786– compliance with an initiative of the Reporting—Annually, depending on
5267, Attn: Bonnie L. Harkless; and Administration. We cannot reasonably program area and data required;
OMB Human Resources and Housing comply with the normal clearance Affected Public: Business or other for-
Branch, Attention: Carolyn Lovett, New procedures because the use of normal profit, Not-for-profit institutions,
Executive Office Building, Room 10235, clearance procedures is reasonably Federal Government; Number of
Washington, DC 20503. likely to cause a statutory deadline to be Respondents: 101; Total Annual
missed. Responses: 101; Total Annual Hours:
Dated: February 9, 2005
The Medicare Prescription Drug, 3,828.
Michelle Shortt, Improvement, and Modernization Act of
Director, Regulations Development Group, 2003 (MMA) established a program to CMS is requesting OMB review and
Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory offer prescription drug benefits to approval of this collection by January
Affairs. Medicare enrollees through Prescription 20, 2006, with a 180-day approval
[FR Doc. 05–24046 Filed 12–13–05; 8:45 am] Drug Plans, Medicare Advantage period. Written comments and
BILLING CODE 4120–01–M Organizations, and Cost Plans, PACE recommendation will be considered
Plans and Employer Group Plans. The from the public if received by the
Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit individuals designated below by
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND program is codified in section 1860D of December 28, 2005.
HUMAN SERVICES the Social Security Act (the Act). To obtain copies of the supporting
Section 101 of the MMA amended Title statement and any related forms for the
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
XVIII of the Social Security Act by proposed paperwork collections
Services
redesignating Part D as Part E and referenced above, access CMS’s Web site
[Document Identifier: CMS–10137] inserting a Part D, which establishes the address at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/
Voluntary Prescription Drug Benefit regulations/pra or E-mail your request,
Emergency Clearance: Public Program (hereinafter referred to as ‘‘Part including your address, phone number,
Information Collection Requirements D’’). Prior to the 2007 contract year for and CMS document identifier, to
Submitted to the Office of Management the Part D program, the industry must Paperwork@cms.hhs.gov, or call the
and Budget (OMB) have an appropriate amount of time to Reports Clearance Office on (410) 786–
respond to the solicitation and CMS 1326.
AGENCY: Center for Medicare and
must have sufficient time to review and Interested persons are invited to send
Medicaid Services.
approve organizations that qualify for a comments regarding the burden on or
In compliance with the requirement Part D contract or service area
of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the any other aspect of these collections of
expansion.
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the information requirements. However, as
1. Type of Information Collection
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Request: Revision of a currently noted above, comments on these
Services (CMS), Department of Health approved collection; Title of information collection and
and Human Services, is publishing the Information Collection: Application for recordkeeping requirements must be
following summary of proposed Prescription Drug Plans (PDP); mailed and/or faxed to the designees
collections for public comment. Application for Medicare Advantage referenced below by December 28, 2005:
Interested persons are invited to send Prescription Drug (MA–PD) Plans; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
comments regarding this burden Application for Cost Plans to Offer Services, Office of Strategic Operations
estimate or any other aspect of this Qualified Prescription Drug Coverage; and Regulatory Affairs, Room C4–26–05,
collection of information, including any Application for PACE Organization to 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD
of the following subjects: (1) The Offer Qualified Prescription Drug 21244–1850, Fax Number: (410) 786–
necessity and utility of the proposed Coverage; Application for Employer 5267, Attn: William N. Parham, III; and
information collection for the proper Group Waiver Plans to Offer OMB Human Resources and Housing
performance of the agency’s functions; Prescription Drug Coverage; Service Branch, Attention: Carolyn Lovett, New
(2) the accuracy of the estimated Area Expansion Application to Offer Executive Office Building, Room 10235,
burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, Prescription Drug Coverage in a New Washington, DC 20503.
utility, and clarity of the information to Region; Form Number: CMS–10137
be collected; and (4) the use of (OMB#: 0938–0936); Use: Coverage for Dated: December 9, 2005.
automated collection techniques or the prescription drug benefit will be Michelle Shortt,
other forms of information technology to provided through contracted Director, Regulations Development Group,
minimize the information collection prescription drug plans (PDPs) or Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory
burden. through Medicare Advantage (MA) Affairs.
We are, however, requesting an plans that offer integrated prescription [FR Doc. 05–24047 Filed 12–13–05; 8:45 am]
emergency review of the information drug and health care coverage (MA–PD BILLING CODE 4120–01–M

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