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Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019Proposed Rule2017-2359911/02/2017DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICESHealth and Human Services DepartmentThis proposed rule sets forth payment parameters and provisions related to the risk adjustment and risk adjustment data validation programs; cost-sharing parameters and cost-sharing reductions; and user fees for Federally-facilitated … This proposed rule sets forth payment parameters and provisions related to the risk adjustment and risk adjustment data validation programs; cost-sharing parameters and cost-sharing reductions; and user fees for Federally-facilitated Exchanges and State-based Exchanges on the Federal platform. It proposes changes that would enhance the role of States as related to essential health benefits (EHB) and qualified health plan (QHP) certification; and would provide States with additional flexibility in the operation and establishment of Exchanges, including the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Exchanges. It includes proposed changes to standards related to Exchanges; the required functions of the SHOPs; actuarial value for stand-alone dental plans; the rate review program; the medical loss ratio program; eligibility and enrollment; exemptions; and other related topics.patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-hhs-notice-of-benefit-and-payment-parameters-for-2019FR-Doc-2017-23599
Procedures To Adjust Customs COBRA User Fees To Reflect InflationRule2017-2387811/01/2017DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentThis document adopts as a final rule, with changes, the amendments proposed to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations to reflect that customs user fees and limitations established by the Consolidated Omnibus Budget … This document adopts as a final rule, with changes, the amendments proposed to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations to reflect that customs user fees and limitations established by the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) will be adjusted for inflation in accordance with the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).procedures-to-adjust-customs-cobra-user-fees-to-reflect-inflationFR-Doc-2017-23878
Supervisory Review Committee; Procedures for Appealing Material Supervisory DeterminationsRule2017-2321310/30/2017NATIONAL CREDIT UNION ADMINISTRATIONNational Credit Union AdministrationThe NCUA Board (Board) is adopting regulatory procedures for appealing material supervisory determinations to the NCUA's Supervisory Review Committee (SRC). These procedures significantly expand the number of material supervisory deter … The NCUA Board (Board) is adopting regulatory procedures for appealing material supervisory determinations to the NCUA's Supervisory Review Committee (SRC). These procedures significantly expand the number of material supervisory determinations appealable to the SRC to include most agency decisions that could significantly affect capital, earnings, operating flexibility, or the nature or level of supervisory oversight of a federally insured credit union (FICU). Furthermore, the procedures contain a number of safeguards designed to provide FICUs with enhanced due process and promote greater consistency with the practices of the Federal banking agencies.supervisory-review-committee-procedures-for-appealing-material-supervisory-determinationsFR-Doc-2017-23213
Federal Employees' Retirement System; Government CostsRule2017-2314110/25/2017OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENTPersonnel Management OfficeThe Office of Personnel Management amends this rule to clarify the manner OPM uses for determining a supplemental liability under the Federal Employees' Retirement System (FERS), and to clarify the process by which the U.S. Postal Serv … The Office of Personnel Management amends this rule to clarify the manner OPM uses for determining a supplemental liability under the Federal Employees' Retirement System (FERS), and to clarify the process by which the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) may request reconsideration of OPM's valuation of the supplemental liability. The rule also clarifies the employee categories OPM uses to compute the FERS normal cost percentages. The rule also amends the definitions of actuary, present value factor, and actuarial present value to ensure these definitions are uniform and appropriate.federal-employees-retirement-system-government-costsFR-Doc-2017-23141
Extension of the Presumptive Period for Compensation for Gulf War VeteransRule2017-2297010/24/2017DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is issuing this final rule to affirm its adjudication regulations regarding compensation for disabilities resulting from undiagnosed illnesses suffered by veterans who served in the Persian Gulf … The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is issuing this final rule to affirm its adjudication regulations regarding compensation for disabilities resulting from undiagnosed illnesses suffered by veterans who served in the Persian Gulf War. This amendment is necessary to extend the period during which disabilities associated with undiagnosed illnesses and medically unexplained chronic multi-symptom illnesses must become manifest in order for a Veteran to be eligible for compensation. The intended effect of this amendment is to provide consistency in VA adjudication policy, preserve certain rights afforded to Persian Gulf War (GW) veterans, and ensure fairness for current and future GW veterans.extension-of-the-presumptive-period-for-compensation-for-gulf-war-veteransFR-Doc-2017-22970
Implementation of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act and Adjustment of Amounts for 2017Rule2017-2284710/20/2017NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATIONNational Aeronautics and Space AdministrationThe National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has adopted as final the interim final rule concerning adjustments to civil monetary penalties within its jurisdiction for inflation. The interim rule was published on June 26, … The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has adopted as final the interim final rule concerning adjustments to civil monetary penalties within its jurisdiction for inflation. The interim rule was published on June 26, 2017, and applied a new methodology to calculate civil monetary penalties as mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, starting with an initial adjustment to previous unadjusted penalty amounts. The changes in the interim final rule made final by this rule are effective October 20, 2017 and applicable as of August 25, 2017. In addition, this final rule provides for 2017 inflation adjustments of monetary penalties amounts required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015.implementation-of-the-federal-civil-penalties-inflation-adjustment-act-and-adjustment-of-amounts-forFR-Doc-2017-22847
Claims Procedure for Plans Providing Disability Benefits; Extension of Applicability DateProposed Rule2017-2208210/12/2017DEPARTMENT OF LABORLabor DepartmentThe Department of Labor proposes to delay for ninety (90) days--through April 1, 2018--the applicability of the Final Rule amending the claims procedure requirements applicable to ERISA-covered employee benefit plans that provide disab … The Department of Labor proposes to delay for ninety (90) days--through April 1, 2018--the applicability of the Final Rule amending the claims procedure requirements applicable to ERISA-covered employee benefit plans that provide disability benefits. The Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2016, and became effective on January 18, 2017. The Final Rule currently is scheduled to apply to claims for disability benefits under ERISA-covered employee benefit plans that are filed on or after January 1, 2018. Following publication of the Final Rule, various stakeholders and members of Congress asserted that it will drive up disability benefit plan costs, cause an increase in litigation, and in so doing impair workers' access to disability insurance benefits. Pursuant to Executive Order 13777, the Department of Labor has concluded that it is appropriate to give the public an additional opportunity to submit comments and data concerning potential impacts of the Final Rule. The Department of Labor will carefully consider the submitted comments and data as part of its effort to examine regulatory alternatives that meet its objectives of ensuring the full and fair review of disability benefit claims while not imposing unnecessary costs and adverse consequences. The Department of Labor accordingly seeks public comment on a proposed 90-day delay of the applicability of the Final Rule in order to solicit additional public input and examine regulatory alternatives. If this proposal is finalized, the amendments made on December 19, 2016, would become applicable to claims for disability benefits that are filed after April 1, 2018, rather than January 1, 2018.claims-procedure-for-plans-providing-disability-benefits-extension-of-applicability-dateFR-Doc-2017-22082
Authority of Health Care Providers To Practice TelehealthProposed Rule2017-2095110/02/2017DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its medical regulations by standardizing the delivery of care by VA health care providers through telehealth. This rule would ensure that VA health care providers provide the sa … The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its medical regulations by standardizing the delivery of care by VA health care providers through telehealth. This rule would ensure that VA health care providers provide the same level of care to all beneficiaries, irrespective of the State or location in a State of the VA health care provider or the beneficiary. This proposed rule would achieve important Federal interests by increasing the availability of mental health, specialty, and general clinical care for all beneficiaries.authority-of-health-care-providers-to-practice-telehealthFR-Doc-2017-20951
Establishment of TRICARE Select and Other TRICARE ReformsRule2017-2039209/29/2017DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSEDefense DepartmentThis interim final rule implements the primary features of section 701 and partially implements several other sections of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (NDAA-17). The law makes significant changes to t … This interim final rule implements the primary features of section 701 and partially implements several other sections of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (NDAA-17). The law makes significant changes to the TRICARE program, especially to the health maintenance organization (HMO)-like health plan, known as TRICARE Prime; to the preferred provider organization (PPO) health plan, previously called TRICARE Extra which is to be replaced by TRICARE Select; and to the third health care option, known as TRICARE Standard, which will be terminated as of December 31, 2017, and also replaced by TRICARE Select. The statute also adopts a new health plan enrollment system under TRICARE and new provisions for access to care, high value services, preventive care, and healthy lifestyles. In implementing the statutory changes, this interim final rule makes a number of improvements to TRICARE.establishment-of-tricare-select-and-other-tricare-reformsFR-Doc-2017-20392
Rules of Practice for Protests and Appeals Regarding Eligibility for Inclusion in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Center for Verification and Evaluation DatabaseProposed Rule2017-2038409/28/2017SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATIONSmall Business AdministrationThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is proposing to amend the rules of practice of its Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) to implement procedures for protests of eligibility for inclusion in the Department of Veterans Affa … The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is proposing to amend the rules of practice of its Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) to implement procedures for protests of eligibility for inclusion in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) database, and procedures for appeals of denials and cancellations of inclusion in the CVE database. These amendments would be in accordance with Sections 1832 and 1833 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (NDAA 2017).rules-of-practice-for-protests-and-appeals-regarding-eligibility-for-inclusion-in-the-us-departmentFR-Doc-2017-20384
Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2017Rule2017-1938609/22/2017FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionIn this document, the Commission revises its Schedule of Regulatory Fees to recover an amount of $356,710,992 that Congress has required the Commission to collect for fiscal year 2017. Section 9 of the Communications Act of 1934, as am … In this document, the Commission revises its Schedule of Regulatory Fees to recover an amount of $356,710,992 that Congress has required the Commission to collect for fiscal year 2017. Section 9 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, provides for the annual assessment and collection of regulatory fees under sections 9(b)(2) and 9(b)(3), respectively, for annual ``Mandatory Adjustments'' and ``Permitted Amendments'' to the Schedule of Regulatory Fees.assessment-and-collection-of-regulatory-fees-for-fiscal-year-2017FR-Doc-2017-19386
Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications ServicesRule2017-2013709/21/2017FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionUnder the Congressional Review Act, Congress has passed, and the President has signed, Public Law 115-22, a resolution of disapproval of the rule that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) submitted pursuant to such Act relating … Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress has passed, and the President has signed, Public Law 115-22, a resolution of disapproval of the rule that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) submitted pursuant to such Act relating to ``Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services.'' By operation of the Congressional Review Act, the rule submitted by the FCC shall be treated as if it had never taken effect. However, because the Congressional Review Act does not direct the Office of the Federal Register to remove the voided regulatory text and reissue the pre-existing regulatory text, the FCC issues this document to effect the removal of any amendments, deletions, or other modifications made by the  ified rule, and the reversion to the text of the regulations in effect immediately prior to the effect date of the Report and Order relating to ``Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services.''protecting-the-privacy-of-customers-of-broadband-and-other-telecommunications-servicesFR-Doc-2017-20137
Blended Retirement SystemProposed Rule2017-1883809/11/2017FEDERAL RETIREMENT THRIFT INVESTMENT BOARDFederal Retirement Thrift Investment BoardThe Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (``FRTIB'') is proposing to amend its regulations to implement changes to the uniformed services' retirement system that are mandated by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016.The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (``FRTIB'') is proposing to amend its regulations to implement changes to the uniformed services' retirement system that are mandated by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016.blended-retirement-systemFR-Doc-2017-18838
Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act of 1986, Civil Monetary Penalties Inflation AdjustmentRule2017-1827408/29/2017GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATIONGeneral Services AdministrationIn accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 and further amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvement Act of 2 … In accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 and further amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvement Act of 2015, this final rule incorporates the penalty inflation adjustments for the civil monetary penalties set forth in the United States Code, as codified in our regulations.program-fraud-civil-remedies-act-of-1986-civil-monetary-penalties-inflation-adjustmentFR-Doc-2017-18274
Miscellaneous Amendments to Business Loan Programs and Surety Bond Guarantee ProgramRule2017-1744708/21/2017SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATIONSmall Business AdministrationThis final rule amends SBA regulations to update, streamline and clarify rules for the Business Loan Programs (as defined below) and the Surety Bond Guarantee Program (``SBG''). For purposes of this rule, the 7(a) Loan Program, the Mic … This final rule amends SBA regulations to update, streamline and clarify rules for the Business Loan Programs (as defined below) and the Surety Bond Guarantee Program (``SBG''). For purposes of this rule, the 7(a) Loan Program, the Microloan Program, the Intermediary Lending Pilot (ILP) Program, and the Development Company Loan Program (``504 Loan Program'') are collectively referred to as the ``Business Loan Programs.''miscellaneous-amendments-to-business-loan-programs-and-surety-bond-guarantee-programFR-Doc-2017-17447
Protecting Consumers From Unauthorized Carrier Changes and Related Unauthorized ChargesProposed Rule2017-1696108/14/2017FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionIn this document, the Commission proposes to amend its rules to prohibit carriers from misrepresenting themselves when placing telemarketing sales calls to consumers and placing unauthorized charges on their phone bills. The Commissi … In this document, the Commission proposes to amend its rules to prohibit carriers from misrepresenting themselves when placing telemarketing sales calls to consumers and placing unauthorized charges on their phone bills. The Commission seeks comment on ways to strengthen its rules to protect consumers from slamming and cramming and proposes to codify a rule prohibiting misrepresentations on carrier telemarketing calls to consumers that often precede a carrier switch, and proposes to codify a rule against cramming. The intended effect of this action is to prevent unscrupulous carriers from targeting vulnerable populations from committing fraud either on sales calls or when ``verifying'' a consumer switch.protecting-consumers-from-unauthorized-carrier-changes-and-related-unauthorized-chargesFR-Doc-2017-16961
Rules of Practice Governing Formal Adjudicatory Proceedings Instituted by the Secretary Under Various StatutesRule2017-1678608/09/2017DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentThis final rule amends the scope and applicability of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) uniform rules of practice governing adjudicatory proceedings to include actions initiated under subtitles B and D of the Agricultural Mar … This final rule amends the scope and applicability of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) uniform rules of practice governing adjudicatory proceedings to include actions initiated under subtitles B and D of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended (1946 Act).rules-of-practice-governing-formal-adjudicatory-proceedings-instituted-by-the-secretary-underFR-Doc-2017-16786
Ensuring a Safe Environment for Community Residential Care ResidentsRule2017-1551907/25/2017DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adopts as final, with changes, a proposed rule governing the approval of a community residential care facility (CRC). The final rule prohibits a CRC from employing an individual who has been conv … The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adopts as final, with changes, a proposed rule governing the approval of a community residential care facility (CRC). The final rule prohibits a CRC from employing an individual who has been convicted in a court of law of certain listed crimes within 7 years of conviction, or has had a finding within 6 months entered into an applicable State registry or with the applicable licensing authority concerning abuse, neglect, mistreatment of individuals or misappropriation of property. The CRC is required to conduct an individual assessment of suitability for employment for any conviction or finding outside either the 7 year or 6 month parameters. The CRCs is also required to develop and implement written policies and procedures that prohibit mistreatment, neglect, and abuse of residents and misappropriation of resident property. The CRC must report and investigate any allegations of abuse or mistreatment. The CRC must also screen individuals who are not CRC residents, but have direct access to a veteran living in a CRC. In addition, we are amending the rule regarding the maximum number of beds allowed in a resident's bedroom. VA published the proposed rule on November 12, 2015, and we received four public comments. We also received correspondence from a federal agency with recommendations. This final rule responds to public comments and feedback from that federal agency.ensuring-a-safe-environment-for-community-residential-care-residentsFR-Doc-2017-15519
Calling Number Identification Service-Caller IDProposed Rule2017-1530307/21/2017FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionIn this document, the Commission proposes to amend its Caller ID rules to allow carriers to disclose blocked Caller ID information in the limited case of threatening calls as an aid to law enforcement investigations. Media and law … In this document, the Commission proposes to amend its Caller ID rules to allow carriers to disclose blocked Caller ID information in the limited case of threatening calls as an aid to law enforcement investigations. Media and law enforcement reports indicate that the number of threatening calls targeting schools, religious organizations, and other entities appears to be increasing dramatically. In many cases, the perpetrators block the Caller ID information, making it difficult to trace the threatening calls. The Commission's current rules require that carriers not reveal blocked Caller ID information or use that information to allow the called party to contact the caller. Recognizing that threatening callers do not have a legitimate privacy interest in having blocked Caller ID protected from disclosure, the Commission seeks to amend its Caller ID rules to permit carriers to disclose blocked Caller ID information in the limited case of threatening calls as an aid to law enforcement investigations.calling-number-identification-service-caller-idFR-Doc-2017-15303
Arbitration AgreementsRule2017-1422507/19/2017BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTIONConsumer Financial Protection BureauPursuant to section 1028(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) is issuing this final rule to regulate arbitration agreements in contracts for specified … Pursuant to section 1028(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) is issuing this final rule to regulate arbitration agreements in contracts for specified consumer financial product and services. First, the final rule prohibits covered providers of certain consumer financial products and services from using an agreement with a consumer that provides for arbitration of any future dispute between the parties to bar the consumer from filing or participating in a class action concerning the covered consumer financial product or service. Second, the final rule requires covered providers that are involved in an arbitration pursuant to a pre-dispute arbitration agreement to submit specified arbitral records to the Bureau and also to submit specified court records. The Bureau is also adopting official interpretations to the regulation.arbitration-agreementsFR-Doc-2017-14225
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