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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS.
Final rule; correcting amendment.
This document corrects a technical error that appeared in the final rule published in the Federal Register on April 12, 2023 titled “Contract Year 2024 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage Program, Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Program, Medicare Cost Plan Program, and Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly.”
This correction is effective August 1, 2023.
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Kristy Nishimoto, (206) 615–2367.
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In FR Doc. 2023–07115 of April 12, 2023 (88 FR 22120), the final rule titled “Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Contract Year 2024 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage Program, Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Program, Medicaid Program, Medicare Cost Plan Program, and Programs of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly”, there was a technical error that is identified and corrected in this correcting amendment.
II. Summary of Errors in the Regulations Text
On page 22328 in § 422.62, we erroneously retained a proposed amendatory instruction that removed and reserved existing § 422.62(b)(18). To correct this error, we are restoring the language of § 422.62(b)(18).
III. Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking and Delay in Effective Date
Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), the agency is required to publish a notice of the proposed rule in the Federal Register before the provisions of a rule take effect. Specifically, 5 U.S.C. 553 requires the agency to publish a notice of the proposed rule in the Federal Register that includes a reference to the legal authority under which the rule is proposed, and the terms and substance of the proposed rule or a description of the subjects and issues involved. Further, 5 U.S.C. 553 requires the agency to give interested parties the opportunity to participate in the rulemaking through public comment on a proposed rule. Similarly, section 1871(b)(1) of the Act requires the Secretary to provide for notice of the proposed rule in the Federal Register and provide a period of not less than 60 days for public comment for rulemaking to carry out the administration of the Medicare program under title XVIII of the Act. In addition, section 553(d) of the APA, and section 1871(e)(1)(B)(i) of the Social Security Act (the Act) mandate a 30-day delay in effective date after issuance or publication of a rule. Sections 553(b)(B) and 553(d)(3) of the APA provide for exceptions from the notice and comment and delay in effective date APA requirements. In cases in which these exceptions apply, sections 1871(b)(2)(C) and 1871(e)(1)(B)(ii) of the Act, also provide exceptions from the notice and 60-day comment period and delay in effective date requirements of the Act. Section 553(b)(B) of the APA and section 1871(b)(2)(C) of the Act authorize an agency to dispense with normal rulemaking requirements for good cause if the agency makes a finding that the notice and comment process are impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest. In addition, both section 553(d)(3) of the APA and section 1871(e)(1)(B)(ii) of the Act allow the agency to avoid the 30-day delay in effective date where such delay is contrary to the public interest and an agency includes a statement of support.
We believe that this correcting amendment does not constitute a rule that would be subject to the notice and comment or delayed effective date requirements of the APA or section 1871 of the Act. This correcting amendment corrects technical errors in the regulatory text of the final rule but does not make substantive changes to the policies that were adopted in the final rule. As a result, this correcting amendment is intended to ensure that the information in the final rule accurately reflects the policies adopted in that final rule.
In addition, even if this were a rule to which the notice and comment procedures and delayed effective date requirements applied, we find that there is good cause to waive such requirements. Undertaking further notice and comment procedures to incorporate the regulatory text correction in this document into the final rule or delaying the effective date would be unnecessary, as we are not altering our policies or regulatory changes, but rather, we are simply implementing the policies and regulatory changes that we previously proposed, requested comment on, and subsequently finalized.
Specifically, the regulation at § 422.62(b)(18) was adopted in the final rule titled “Medicare Program; Contract Year 2021 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage Program, Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Program, and Medicare Cost Plan Program,” which appeared in the June 2, 2020 Federal Register (85 FR 33902). A proposal to amend § 422.62(b)(18) was included in the proposed rule (with the same title as the subject final being corrected) that appeared in the December 27, 2022 Federal Register (87 FR 79710). However, the proposed changes to § 422.62(b)(18) have not been finalized and we have indicated that the changes will be addressed in a subsequent rulemaking document as appropriate (88 FR 22120). We note that no rulemaking has finalized removal of § 422.62(b)(18). This final rule correcting document is intended solely to ensure that the final rule and the text at 42 CFR 422.62(b)(18) accurately reflect policies and regulatory changes that have been adopted through rulemaking. Furthermore, such notice and comment procedures would be contrary to the public interest because it is in the public's interest to ensure that the final rule accurately reflects our policies and regulatory changes. Therefore, we believe we have good cause to waive the notice and comment and effective date requirements.
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- Administrative practice and procedure
- Health facilities
- Health maintenance organizations (HMO)
- Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
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Accordingly, 42 CFR chapter IV is corrected by making the following correcting amendments to part 422:
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1. The authority citation for part 422 continues to read as follows:
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2. Section 422.62 is amended by revising paragraph (b)(18) to read as follows:
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Election of coverage under an MA plan.
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(18) Individuals affected by an emergency or major disaster declared by a Federal, state or local government entity are eligible for a SEP to make a MA enrollment or disenrollment election. The SEP starts as of the date the declaration is made, the incident start date or, if different, the start date identified in the declaration, whichever is earlier, and ends 2 full calendar months following the end date identified in the declaration or, if different, the date the end of the incident is announced, whichever is later. The individual is eligible for this SEP provided the individual—
(i) (A) Resides, or resided at the start of the SEP eligibility period described in this paragraph (b)(18), in an area for which a federal, state or local government entity has declared an emergency or major disaster; or
(B) Does not reside in an affected area but relies on help making healthcare decisions from one or more individuals who reside in an affected area; and
(ii) Was eligible for another election period at the time of the SEP eligibility period described in this paragraph (b)(18); and
(iii) Did not make an election during that other election period due to the emergency or major disaster.
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Elizabeth J. Gramling,
Executive Secretary to the Department, Department of Health and Human Services.
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[FR Doc. 2023–16307 Filed 7–31–23; 8:45 am]
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