Connecticut Insurance Department -- 2017 Documents

David Sirota filed this request with the Connecticut Insurance Department of Connecticut.

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From: David Sirota

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), I hereby request the following records:

- The visitor log listing visitors to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner and Office of the Deputy Commissioner from 1/1/17 to the present.

- The schedule and/or calendar listing the meetings/events of the Insurance Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner from 1/1/17 to the present.

- Specific emails to or from employees of the Office of the Governor to or from the following domain names: “@cigna.com,” “@anthem.com,” "@aetna.com," and/or “@rc.com.” The specific emails I request are those from 1/1/17 to the present.

- Specific to or from employees of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner and/or Deputy Insurance Commissioner to or from Connecticut Senate and House lawmakers regarding Senate Bill 445. This includes -- but is not necessarily limited to -- emails referencing the following words and phrases: “PBM,” “pharmacy benefit,” “drug formulary,” “drug formularies,” “drug prices,” “pharmaceutical,” “price gouging,” “SB 445,” "SB445," "SB0045," “Cigna” and/or “Anthem.” The specific emails I request are those from 1/1/17 to the present.

- Specific emails to or from employees of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner and/or Deputy Insurance Commissioner to or from employees of the Office of the Governor regarding Senate Bill 445. This includes -- but is not necessarily limited to -- emails referencing the following words and phrases: “PBM,” “pharmacy benefit,” “drug formulary,” “drug formularies,” “drug prices,” “pharmaceutical,” “price gouging,” “SB 445,” “Cigna” and/or “Anthem.” The specific emails I request are those from 1/1/17 to the present.

I also request that, if possible and pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 1-212(d), fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest and not made for commercial gain. The requested documents will be processed by a representative of the news media/press and made available to the public at MuckRock.com. Newsweek/IBT is an award winning journalism. The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. The requested records will contribute significantly to the public’s understanding of insurance regulatory policy, and how that policy is shaped.

Please search for responsive records regardless of format. I request the information in a machine-processable format, such as a spreadsheet (CSV or XLS) or word processor (TXT, DOC, DOCX) format. It can be provided by email, thumb drive, or CD. If it is unavailable in any other format, an OCRed PDF (i.e. searchable) will do.

If it is your position that any portion of the requested records is exempt from disclosure, I request that you provide it with a Vaughn Index/privilege log of those documents.

In the event some portions of the requested records are properly exempt from disclosure, please disclose any reasonably segregable non-exempt portions of the requested records. If it is your position that a document contains non-exempt segments, but that those non-exempt segments are so dispersed throughout the document as to make segregation impossible, please state what portion of the document is non-exempt, and how the material is dispersed throughout the document. If a request is denied in whole, please state specifically that it is not reasonable to segregate portions of the record for release.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,
David Sirota
IBT/Newsweek
(646) 867-7100

From: Caporale, Antonio

Dear Mr. Sirota,

The Connecticut Insurance Department (“Department”) has received your May 26 request for documents, set out below.

We are currently in the process of reviewing your request and compiling any responsive documents not otherwise exempt from disclosure. Upon completion of our search, we will contact you promptly with the costs associated with your request, if any, as soon as such information becomes available.

Please be advised that the Insurance Department does not have in its custody or possession any specific emails to or from employees of the Office of the Governor to or from the following domain names: “@cigna.com,” “@anthem.com,” "@aetna.com," and/or “@rc.com.” Such documents would have to be requested from that Office.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (860) 297-3981.

Sincerely,

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Anthony Caporale| Counsel
State of Connecticut Insurance Department
P.O. Box 816|Hartford, CT 06142-0816
Phone: (860) 297-3981|Email: antonio.caporale@ct.gov<mailto:antonio.caporale@ct.gov>

From: Caporale, Antonio

Dear Mr. Sirota,

Please be advised that we are still gathering all responsive documents and we will let you know as soon as the search has been concluded.

Regards,

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Anthony Caporale| Counsel
State of Connecticut Insurance Department
P.O. Box 816|Hartford, CT 06142-0816
Phone: (860) 297-3981|Email: antonio.caporale@ct.gov<mailto:antonio.caporale@ct.gov>

From: Caporale, Antonio

Dear Mr. Sirota:

The Connecticut Insurance Department (“Department”) has gathered all information pertinent to your two requests for documents, No. 3807-2732017 and No. 38310-63410949.

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, General Statutes § 1-200 et seq., there is a $.25 (twenty five cents) fee for any copy provided by this agency pursuant to such requests. Additionally, we require the prepayment of any fees estimated to be $10.00 (ten dollars) or more.

I have been informed that the file requested is composed of approximately 367 pages, which results in a fee of $91.75. I will promptly comply with your request as soon as I receive a check in the above amount. Please make your check payable to the Treasurer of the State of Connecticut and mail it to my attention.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (860) 297-3981.

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Anthony Caporale| Counsel
State of Connecticut Insurance Department
P.O. Box 816|Hartford, CT 06142-0816
Phone: (860) 297-3981|Email: antonio.caporale@ct.gov<mailto:antonio.caporale@ct.gov>

From: David Sirota

Mr. Caporale:

Before we pay the fee, I'd like to ask a quick question: Can you tell me how many of the documents are the visitor logs, how many are the schedules, and how many are emails? There's a chance we may only want to pay for some of the documents. Can you let me know?

David Sirota
IBT/Newsweek

From: Caporale, Antonio

Mr. Sirota,

The schedules arte 42, the log 33, and the rest are communications.

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Anthony Caporale| Counsel
State of Connecticut Insurance Department
P.O. Box 816|Hartford, CT 06142-0816
Phone: (860) 297-3981|Email: antonio.caporale@ct.gov<mailto:antonio.caporale@ct.gov>

From: David Sirota

Can you please provide a revised cost estimate for us to just get the schedules and the communications, and not the visitor log?

David Sirota

From: Caporale, Antonio

Mr. Sirota,

The cost for the requested documents, minus the pages comprising the Department’s visitor’s log, is $83.50.

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Anthony Caporale| Counsel
State of Connecticut Insurance Department
P.O. Box 816|Hartford, CT 06142-0816
Phone: (860) 297-3981|Email: antonio.caporale@ct.gov<mailto:antonio.caporale@ct.gov>

From: David Sirota

We have sent the payment. Can you please tell me when you will send the documents?

David Sirota

From: Caporale, Antonio

Mr. Sirota,

Your payment has been received. We will send the documents as soon as we are done making the copies, most likely today or tomorrow.

Best,

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Anthony Caporale| Counsel
State of Connecticut Insurance Department
P.O. Box 816|Hartford, CT 06142-0816
Phone: (860) 297-3981|Email: antonio.caporale@ct.gov<mailto:antonio.caporale@ct.gov>

From: Connecticut Insurance Department

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Connecticut Insurance Department

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: David Sirota

Can you please tell me when I can expect to receive these documents?

From: Caporale, Antonio

The documents requested have been mailed to you already.

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Anthony Caporale| Counsel
State of Connecticut Insurance Department
P.O. Box 816|Hartford, CT 06142-0816
Phone: (860) 297-3981|Email: antonio.caporale@ct.gov<mailto:antonio.caporale@ct.gov>

From: David Sirota

It does not appear that we received these documents. Can you please tell me what address you sent them to?

From: Medina, Vanessa

Dear Mr. Sirota,

Please find attached a copy of the cover letter that was sent with the responsive documents concerning your FOI’s request; MR# 38070, MR# 38310, and MR# 39301.

The documents were mailed on Monday, July 17, 2017 and if for any reason you don’t receive them within the next few days let us know.

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Vanessa Medina
Secretary
Legal Division
Connecticut Insurance Department
860-297-3804

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