[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 141 (Monday, July 23, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 43127-43128]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-17753]


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OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT


Federal Employees Health Benefits Program: Medically Underserved 
Areas for 2013

AGENCY: U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

ACTION: Notice of Medically Underserved Areas for 2013.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has completed 
its annual determination of the States that qualify as Medically 
Underserved Areas under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) 
Program for calendar year 2013. This is necessary to comply with a 
provision of the FEHB law that mandates special consideration for 
enrollees of certain FEHB plans who receive covered health services in 
States with critical shortages of primary care physicians. Accordingly, 
for calendar year 2013, the following 14 states are considered as 
Medically Underserved Areas under the FEHB Program: Alabama, Arizona, 
Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, 
North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming. 
Alaska and Kentucky were designated as a Medically Underserved Area in 
2012, but will not be so designated for 2013. South Carolina is being 
added as a Medically Underserved Area for the 2013 calendar year

DATES: Effective January 1, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lynelle T. Frye, 202-606-0004.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FEHB law (5 U.S.C. 8902(m)(2)) requires 
special consideration for enrollees of certain FEHB plans who receive 
covered health services in States with critical shortages of primary 
care physicians. This section of the law requires that a State be 
designated as a Medically Underserved Area if 25 percent or more of the 
population lives in an area designated by the Department of Health and 
Human Services (HHS) as a primary medical care manpower shortage area. 
Such States are designated as Medically Underserved Areas for purposes 
of the

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FEHB Program, and the law requires non-HMO FEHB plans to reimburse 
beneficiaries, subject to their contract terms, for covered services 
obtained from any licensed provider in these States.
    FEHB regulations (5 CFR 890.701) require OPM to make an annual 
determination of the States that qualify as Medically Underserved Areas 
for the next calendar year by comparing the latest HHS State-by-State 
population counts on primary medical care manpower shortage areas with 
U.S. Census figures on State resident populations.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
John Berry,
Director.
[FR Doc. 2012-17753 Filed 7-20-12; 8:45 am]
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