Federal Register: May 1, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 83)
DOCID: fr01my09-52 FR Doc E9-10083
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Employee Benefits Security Administration
CMS ID: [CMS-2303-N]
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice.
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
DATES: Nominations for membership will be considered if they are received by June 1, 2009.
This notice announces the establishment of the Children's Health Insurance Program Working Group and discusses the group's purpose and charter. It also solicits nominations for members.
Establishment of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Working Group and Request for Nominations for Members
DOCUMENT BODY 2:
Employee Benefits Security Administration
Establishment of the Children's Health Insurance Program Working Group and Request for Nominations for Members
Section 311(b)(1)(C) of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) (Pub. L. 1113) (Feb. 4, 2009), directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of Labor to jointly establish a Medicaid, CHIP, and EmployerSponsored Coverage Coordination Working Group (``the CHIP Working Group''). The CHIP Working Group, as chartered, under the legal authority of section 311(b)(1)(C) of CHIPRA (Pub. L. 1113), is also governed by the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. II. Charter, General Responsibilities, and Composition of the Children's Health Insurance Program Working Group
A. Charter Information and General Responsibilities
On April 3, 2009 the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the
Secretary of Labor signed the charter establishing the CHIP Working
Group. This group will meet up to 3 times over the life of the Group
and will terminate 17 months from the charter filing date. You may
obtain a copy of the charter for the CHIP Working Group by mailing a
written request to the address specified in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. The purpose of the Working Group shall be to:
B. Composition of the CHIP Working Group
The Working Group shall consist of not more than 30 members, jointly appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of Labor, including the chair(s), one of whom shall be appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services and one of whom shall be appointed by the Secretary of Labor. Members will serve without compensation but will receive reimbursement for travel costs.
The Working Group shall be composed of representatives of: The Department of Labor; the Department of
Health and Human Services; State directors of the Medicaid Program under title XIX of the Act; State directors of the State Children's Health Insurance Program under title XXI of the Act; employers, including owners of small businesses and their trade or industry representatives and certified human resource and payroll professionals; plan administrators and plan sponsors of group health plans as defined in section 607(1) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended; health insurance issuers; and children and other beneficiaries of medical assistance under title XIX of the Act or child health assistance or other health benefits coverage under title XXI of the Act.
III. Submission of Nominations
The Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human
Services (the Departments) are requesting nominations for membership on
the CHIP Working Group. The Departments will consider qualified
individuals who are selfnominated or are nominated by organizations representing affected stakeholders when selecting those
representatives. The Departments will make every effort to appoint members to serve on the advisory board from among those candidates determined to meet specific statutory categories and Departmental needs and in a manner to ensure an appropriate balance of membership. The Secretaries, however, reserve the discretion to appoint members to serve on the advisory board in response to this notice if necessary to meet specific statutory categories and Departmental needs in a manner to ensure an appropriate balance of membership.
Any interested person may nominate one or more qualified individuals (selfnominations will also be accepted) for each of the categories listed in section II.B of this notice. Each nomination must include the following information:
1. A letter of nomination that contains contact information for both the nominator and nominee (if not the same).
2. A statement from the nominee that he or she is willing to serve on the Working Group for its duration and an explanation of interest in serving on the advisory board. The nominee should also indicate which category or categories he or she is willing to represent and whether he or she would be willing to serve as the chair of the advisory board. (For selfnominations, this information may be included in the nomination letter.)
3. A curriculum vitae that indicates the nominee's educational and/ or experience with Medicaid, CHIP, or experience with employmentbased health coverage.
4. Two letters of reference that support the nominee's qualifications for participation on the advisory board. (For nominations other than selfnominations, a nomination letter that includes information supporting the nominee's qualifications may be counted as one of the letters of reference.)
To ensure that a nomination is considered, the Departments must receive all of the nomination information specified in section III of this notice by June 1, 2009. Nominations should be mailed to the address specified in the ADDRESSES section of this notice.
Authority: Section 311(b)(1)(C) of the Children's Health
Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (Pub. L. 1113) (Feb.
4, 2009). The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Working
Group is governed by the provisions of the Federal Advisory
Committee Act, (Pub. L. 92463) (Oct. 6, 1972), as amended, 5 U.S.C. App.
Dated: April 10, 2009.
Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services.
Dated: April 28, 2009.
Alan D. Lebowitz,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program Operations, Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Stacey Green, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HHS at Stacey.Green@cms.hhs.gov or (410) 7866102; or Amy Turner, Employee Benefits Security Administration, DOL at (202) 6938335. Press inquiries are handled through the CMS Press Office at (202) 6906145.