Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Notice for Health Reimbursement Arrangements Integrated With Individual Health Insurance Coverage

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SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting this Worker Advantages Security Administration (EBSA)-sponsored information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). Public comments on the ICR are invited.

DATES: The OMB will consider all written comments that the agency receives on or before June 13, 2022.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and proposals for the proposed information collection ought to be sent inside 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by choosing “Currently under 30-day Review–Open for Public Comments” or through the use of the search function.

Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the gathering of knowledge is vital for the correct performance of the functions of the Department, including whether the data may have practical utility; (2) if the data will likely be processed and utilized in a timely manner; (3) the accuracy of the agency’s estimates of the burden and value of the gathering of knowledge, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (4) ways to reinforce the standard, utility and clarity of the data collection; and (5) ways to reduce the burden of the gathering of knowledge on those that are to reply, including the usage of automated collection techniques or other forms of knowledge technology.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This information collection request is permitted under regulations promulgated under the next sections of ERISA: 29 U.S.C. 1002, 1135, 1182, 1185d, 1191a, 1191b, and 1191c, and Secretary of Labor’s Order 1-2011, Delegation of Authority and Project of Responsibilities to the Worker Advantages Security Administration, dated January 9, 2012 (77 FR 1088). The ultimate rules removed the prohibition on integrating Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) with individual medical health insurance coverage, if certain conditions are met. The next information collections are contained in the ultimate rules: (1) Verification of Enrollment in Individual Coverage; (2) HRA Notice to Participants; (3) Notice to Participants that Individual Policy just isn’t Subject to Title I of ERISA; (4) Participant Notification of Individual Coverage HRA of Cancelled or Discontinued Coverage; (5) Notice for Excepted Profit HRAs. The knowledge collection requirements are needed to notify the HRA that participants are enrolled in individual medical health insurance coverage, to assist individuals understand the impact of enrolling in an HRA on their eligibility for the PTC, and that coverage just isn’t subject to the principles and consumer protections of the Worker Retirement Income Security Act. For added substantive details about this ICR, see the related notice published within the Federal Register on December 13, 2021 (86 FR 70866).

This information collection is subject to the PRA. A Federal agency generally cannot conduct or sponsor a group of knowledge, and the general public is mostly not required to reply to an information collection, unless the OMB approves it and displays a currently valid OMB Control Number. As well as, notwithstanding every other provisions of law, no one shall generally be subject to penalty for failing to comply with a group of knowledge that doesn’t display a sound OMB Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6.

DOL seeks PRA authorization for this information collection for 3 (3) years. OMB authorization for an ICR can’t be for greater than three (3) years without renewal. The DOL notes that information collection requirements submitted to the OMB for existing ICRs receive a month-to-month extension while they undergo review.

Agency: DOL-EBSA.

Title of Collection: Notice for Health Reimbursement Arrangements Integrated With Individual Health Insurance Coverage.

OMB Control Number: 1210-0160.

Affected Public: Individuals or Households; Private Sector–Businesses or other for-profits and not-for-profit institutions.

Total Estimated Variety of Respondents: 177,480.

Total Estimated Variety of Responses: 2,140,197.

Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 53,131 hours.

Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $24,831.

(Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D))

Dated: May 9, 2022.

Mara Blumenthal,

Senior PRA Analyst.

Notice of availability; request for comments.

Citation: “87 FR 29391”

Federal Register Page Number: “29391”

“Notices”

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