Social Security Administration: Medicare Part D Subsidies
GAO-06-344R: Jan 13, 2006
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GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) new rule on Medicare Part D subsidies. GAO found that (1) the final rule announces how SSA will determine eligibility for premium and cost-sharing subsidies under the Medicare Part D program and includes, among other items, steps about how to apply for a subsidy and how to appeal a determination; and (2) with the exception of the required 60-day delay in its effective date, SSA complied with the applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.
Social Security Administration: Medicare Part D Subsidies, GAO-06-344R, January 13, 2006
The Honorable William M. Thomas
The Honorable Charles B. Rangel
Ranking Minority Member
Committee on Ways and Means
House of Representatives
Pursuant to section 801(a)(2)(A) of title 5, United States Code, this is our report on a major rule promulgated by the Social Security Administration (SSA), entitled Medicare Part D Subsidies (RIN: 0960-AG03). We received the rule on
The final rule announces how SSA will determine eligibility for premium and cost-sharing subsidies under the Medicare Part D program. The rule also includes, among other items, steps about how to apply for a subsidy and how to appeal a determination.
The final rule has an announced effective date of
Enclosed is our assessment of the SSA's 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 SSA 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.
Kathleen E. Wannisky
Managing Associate General Counsel
(i) Cost-benefit analysis
SSA did not perform a cost-benefit analysis of the final rule but directs the reader to the economic analysis in the final rule published on January 28, 2005, by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (70 Fed. Reg. 4454) regarding the Medicare Part D program.
(ii) Agency actions relevant to the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. sections 603-605, 607, and 609
The SSA certifies that the final rule will not have significant economic 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. sections 1532-1535
The final rule does not contain 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. sections 551 et seq.
The final rule was issued using the notice and comment procedures found at 5 U.S.C. 553. On
Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. sections 3501-3520
The final rule contains an information collection that is subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act. The collection has been approved and assigned OMB Control No. 0960-0702, expiring
Statutory authorization for the rule
The final rule is promulgated pursuant to the authority found at sections 702(a)(5) and 1860D-1, 1860D-14 and -15 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 902(a)(5), 1395w-101, 1395w-114 and -115).
Executive Order No. 12866
The final rule was reviewed by the OMB and found to be an economically significant regulatory action under the order.
Executive Order No. 13132 (Federalism)
The final rule does not have federalism implications or a substantial direct effect on the states.