In a proposed rule published in theFederal Registeron March 6, 2012, 77 FR 13236, VA proposed to amend 38 CFR 17.108 to eliminate co-payments for in-home video telehealth. Additionally, VA published a companion substantially identical direct final rule at 77 FR 13195 on the same date. The direct final rule and proposed rule each provided a 30-day comment period that ended on April 5, 2012. No adverse comments were received. Two comments that supported the rulemaking were received from members of the general public.
Because no significant adverse comments were received within the comment period, VA is withdrawing the proposed rule as unnecessary. In a companion document in this issue of theFederal Register, VA is confirming the effective date of the direct final rule, RIN 2900-AO26, published at 77 FR 13195.
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, or designee, approved this document and authorized the undersigned to sign and submit the document to the Office of the Federal Register for publication electronically as an official document of the Department of Veterans Affairs. John R. Gingrich, Chief of Staff, Department of Veterans Affairs, approved this document on September 18, 2012, for publication.
Dated: September 19, 2012.
Robert C. McFetridge,
Director,Office of Regulation Policy and Management,Office of the General Counsel,Department of Veterans Affairs.