Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Program; Monthly Actuarial Rates and Monthly Supplementary Medical Insurance Premium Beginning January 1, 2004

GAO-04-236R: Dec 4, 2003

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GAO reviewed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) new rule on monthly actuarial rates and the Supplementary Medical Insurance Program for 2004. GAO found (1) the rule announces the monthly actuarial rates for aged and disabled enrollees in the Medicare Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI) program for 2004 and the monthly SMI premium rate to be paid by all enrollees during 2004, and (2) CMS complied with all applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.

Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Program; Monthly Actuarial Rates and Monthly Supplementary Medical Insurance Premium Beginning January 1, 2004, GAO-04-236R, December 4, 2003






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December 4, 2003

The Honorable Charles E. Grassley
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The Honorable Max Baucus
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Committee on Finance
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The Honorable John D. Dingell
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House Committee on Energy and Commerce
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The Honorable William M. Thomas
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The Honorable Charles B. Rangel
Ranking Minority Member
Committee on Ways and Means
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Subject: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Program; Monthly Actuarial Rates and Monthly Supplementary Medical Insurance Premium Beginning January 1, 2004

Pursuant to section 801(a)(2)(A) of title 5, United States Code, this is our report on a major rule promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), entitled Medicare Program; Monthly Actuarial Rates and Monthly Supplementary Medical Insurance Premium Beginning January 1, 2004 (RIN: 0938-AM91). We received the rule on November 20, 2003. It was published in the Federal Register as a notice on October 24, 2003. 68 Fed. Reg. 60997.

The notice announces the monthly actuarial rates for aged (age 65 or over) and disabled (under age 65) enrollees in the Medicare Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI) program for 2004. It also announces the monthly SMI premium rate to be paid by all enrollees during 2004. The monthly actuarial rates for 2004 are $133.20 for aged enrollees and $175.50 for disabled enrollees. The monthly SMI premium rate is $66.60.

Enclosed is our assessment of the CMSs compliance with the procedural steps required by section 801(a)(1)(B)(i) through (iv) of title 5 with respect to the rule. Our review indicates that the CMS complied with the applicable requirements.

If you have any questions about this report, please contact James W. Vickers, Assistant General Counsel, at (202) 512-8210. The official responsible for GAO evaluation work relating to the subject matter of the rule is William Scanlon, Managing Director, Health Care. Mr. Scanlon can be reached at (202) 512-7114.


signed

Kathleen E. Wannisky
Managing Associate General Counsel

Enclosure

cc: Ann Stallion
Regulations Coordinator
Department of Health and
Human Services

ENCLOSURE

ANALYSIS UNDER 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(B)(i)-(iv) OF A MAJOR RULE
ISSUED BY THE
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES,
CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES
ENTITLED
"MEDICARE PROGRAM; MONTHLY ACTUARIAL RATES AND
MONTHLY SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL INSURANCE PREMIUM
BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2004"
(RIN: 0938-AM91)



(i) Cost-benefit analysis

While a cost-benefit analysis was not conducted because the increases were statutorily directed, the cost to the beneficiaries is discussed in the notice. It is estimated that the cost of the increase in the premium to the approximately 39 million SMI enrollees will be about $3.7 billion for 2004.

(ii) Agency actions relevant to the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 603-605, 607, and 609

CMS has reviewed the notice and has found that no analyses under the Act are required. Since states and individuals are not considered small entities, there will be no significant impact on a substantial number of small entities.

(iii) Agency actions relevant to sections 202-205 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995, 2 U.S.C. 1532-1535

The notice will not impose either an intergovernmental or private sector mandate, as defined in title II, of more than $100 million in any one year.

(iv) Other relevant information or requirements under acts and executive orders

Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. 551 et seq.

In accordance with CMSs past practice regarding publication of the monthly actuarial rates and the Part B premium amount under Medicare where such amounts are determined according to statute, general notice rather than notice and comment rulemaking procedures contained in section 553 of the Administrative Procedure Act are used.

Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3520

The notice does not contain any information collections that are subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act.

Statutory authorization for the rule

The notice is issued pursuant to the authority contained in section 1839 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395r).

Executive Order No. 12866

The notice was reviewed by OMB and found to be an economically significant regulatory action under the order.



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