Agency information gathering activities; Submission to OMB review; Request for comment; Notice of special enrollment rights under group health insurance plans


Notice of availability; request for comments.

Quote: “87 FR 39130”

Page number: “39130”


SUMMARY: The Ministry of Labor (DOL) submits this Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA)-sponsored information collection request (ICR) au Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval under the Paper Burden Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). Public comments on the ICR are invited.

DATES: OMB will review all written comments the agency receives on or before August 1, 2022.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of the publication of this notice to Find this particular collection of information by selecting “Currently under 30 days of review – Open for public comment” or by using the search function.

Comments are invited on: (1) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Department, including whether the information will be of practical use; (2) whether the information will be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) the accuracy of the agency’s estimates regarding the burden and cost of information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (4) ways to improve the quality, usefulness and clarity of information gathering; and (5) ways to minimize the burden of information collection on those who must respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Mara Blumenthal by phone at 202-693-8538, or by email at [email protected].

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Provisions of the Health Insurance Probability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) limit the extent to which group health plans and their health insurance carriers may restrict health coverage based on pre-existing conditions for individuals who previously benefited from health insurance. Section 701(f) of ERISA also provides special enrollment rights to individuals who have previously declined health coverage offered to them to enroll in health coverage upon the occurrence of specified events. Plans and issuers are required to provide special 30-day enrollment periods after any of these events during which eligible but unenrolled persons are entitled to enroll without being denied enrollment or having to wait for a late listing opportunity (often referred to as “open listing”). For more substantial information on this ICR, see the related notice posted in the Federal Register on March 17, 2022 (87 FR 15267).

This collection of information is subject to the PRA. A federal agency generally cannot conduct or sponsor an information gathering, and the public is generally not required to respond to an information gathering, unless the OMB approves it and displays a number currently valid OMB control. Further, notwithstanding any other legal provision, no one will generally be subject to penalties for failing to comply with any collection of information that does not display a valid OMB control number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6.

The DOL seeks permission from the PRA for this collection of information for three (3) years. OMB authorization for an ICR cannot exceed three (3) years without renewal. The DOL notes that the information gathering requirements submitted to the OMB for existing KPIs are receiving a month-to-month extension while they are reviewed.

Agency: DOL-EBSA.

Series Title: Notice of special enrollment rights under group health insurance plans.

OMB control number: 1210-0101.

Audience: Private sector — Businesses or other for-profit and non-profit institutions.

Estimated total number of respondents: 2,007,298.

Estimated total number of responses: 8,618,763.

Estimated total annual workload: 552 hours.

Estimated total annual charge of other costs: $430,938.

(Authority: 44 USC 3507(a)(1)(D))

Date: June 23, 2022.

Mara Blumenthal,

Senior PRA Analyst.

[FR Doc. 2022-14003 Filed 6-29-22; 8:45 am]



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