Connecticut Insurance Department -- Notes From Meetings (Visitor Log)

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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:

According to the Connecticut Insurance Department’s visitor log, representatives from Cigna, Anthem and/or Robinson Cole met with Department officials 26 times in 2015 and the first quarter of 2016. I hereby request all Insurance Department employees’ notes, minutes, transcripts and/or audio/video recordings from specific meetings with the specific Department officials. I also request any documents that officials from Cigna, Anthem and/or Robinson Cole gave to Department employees at these specific meetings. The specific meetings this request covers are as follows, per their delineation in the Department of Insurance’s visitor log:

4/27/15 - Cigna officials’ meeting with Commissioner Katharine Wade

5/3/15 - Anthem officials’ with DOI’s Kristin Green

5/5/15 - Anthem officials’ with DOI’s Kristin Green

5/7/15 - Anthem officials’ meeting with Commissioner Katharine Wade

5/11/15 - Anthem officials’ meeting with Commissioner Katharine Wade

6/1/15 - Cigna officials’ meeting with Commissioner Katharine Wade

6/3/15 - Cigna officials’ meeting with Commissioner Katharine Wade

6/11/15 - Cigna officials’ meeting with Commissioner Katharine Wade

7/15/15 - Anthem officials’ meeting with DOI’s Kristin Green

7/17/15 - Cigna officials’ meeting with Commissioner Katharine Wade

7/21/15 - Cigna officials’ meeting with DOI’s Kathy Belfi

8/5/15 - Cigna and Anthem officials’ meeting with Commissioner Katharine Wade

8/12/15 - Anthem officials’ meeting with DOI’s Kristin Green

8/26/15 - Cigna, Anthem and Robinson Cole officials’ meeting with Commissioner Katharine Wade

9/2/15 - Anthem officials’ meeting with DOI’s Kathy Walsh

9/10/15 - Anthem officials’ meeting with DOI’s Kristin Green

9/16/15 - Anthem officials’ meting with DOI’s Kurt Swan

9/22/15 - Robinson Cole officials’ meeting with Commissioner Katharine Wade

10/6/15 - Robinson Cole officials’ meeting with Commissioner Katharine Wade

10/21/15 - Robinson Cole officials’ meeting with DOI’s Beth Locke

10/21/15 - Robinson Cole officials’ meeting with Commissioner Katharine Wade

10/22/15 - Robinson Cole officials’ meeting with Commissioner Katharine Wade

10/23/15 - Anthem officials’ meeting with Commissioner Katharine Wade

11/6/15 - Anthem officials’ meeting with CIO (title listed on visitor log)

11/6/15 - Cigna officials’ meeting with Commissioner Katharine Wade

If it is your position that some of these records are available but others are not (or a part of the request is too broad), please provide me with the records that are available.

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. International Business Times is one of the media organizations in the Newsweek family. As an award-winning news media organization, we have done extensive reporting on health care and financial policy, and disseminated that reporting to an audience of millions. We intend to use the public documents provided to us by the Department of Insurance to further that ongoing reporting, and the public's understanding of major health care policies. We are not using the documents for a commercial purpose -- we are using the documents for journalism.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 4 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

David Sirota
International Business Times
(646) 867-7100

From: David Sirota

To Whom It May Concern:

I sent the attached open records request on 5/12/16 and have not heard any update or acknowledgment that this request is being handled. Can you please provide me with an update on this request?

David Sirota
International Business Times

Subject: Connecticut Freedom of Information Act Request: Connecticut Insurance Department -- Notes From Meetings (Visitor Log)
To Whom It May Concern:

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

According to the Connecticut Insurance Department’s visitor log, representatives from Cigna, Anthem and/or Robinson Cole met with Department officials 26 times in 2015 and the first quarter of 2016. I hereby request all Insurance Department employees’ notes, minutes, transcripts and/or audio/video recordings from specific meetings with the specific Department officials. I also request any documents that officials from Cigna, Anthem and/or Robinson Cole gave to Department employees at these specific meetings. The specific meetings this request covers are as follows, per their delineation in the Department of Insurance’s visitor log:

4/27/15 - Cigna officials’ meeting with Commissioner Katharine Wade

5/3/15 - Anthem officials’ with DOI’s Kristin Green

5/5/15 - Anthem officials’ with DOI’s Kristin Green

5/7/15 - Anthem officials’ meeting with Commissioner Katharine Wade

5/11/15 - Anthem officials’ meeting with Commissioner Katharine Wade

6/1/15 - Cigna officials’ meeting with Commissioner Katharine Wade

6/3/15 - Cigna officials’ meeting with Commissioner Katharine Wade

6/11/15 - Cigna officials’ meeting with Commissioner Katharine Wade

7/15/15 - Anthem officials’ meeting with DOI’s Kristin Green

7/17/15 - Cigna officials’ meeting with Commissioner Katharine Wade

7/21/15 - Cigna officials’ meeting with DOI’s Kathy Belfi

8/5/15 - Cigna and Anthem officials’ meeting with Commissioner Katharine Wade

8/12/15 - Anthem officials’ meeting with DOI’s Kristin Green

8/26/15 - Cigna, Anthem and Robinson Cole officials’ meeting with Commissioner Katharine Wade

9/2/15 - Anthem officials’ meeting with DOI’s Kathy Walsh

9/10/15 - Anthem officials’ meeting with DOI’s Kristin Green

9/16/15 - Anthem officials’ meting with DOI’s Kurt Swan

9/22/15 - Robinson Cole officials’ meeting with Commissioner Katharine Wade

10/6/15 - Robinson Cole officials’ meeting with Commissioner Katharine Wade

10/21/15 - Robinson Cole officials’ meeting with DOI’s Beth Locke

10/21/15 - Robinson Cole officials’ meeting with Commissioner Katharine Wade

10/22/15 - Robinson Cole officials’ meeting with Commissioner Katharine Wade

10/23/15 - Anthem officials’ meeting with Commissioner Katharine Wade

11/6/15 - Anthem officials’ meeting with CIO (title listed on visitor log)

11/6/15 - Cigna officials’ meeting with Commissioner Katharine Wade

If it is your position that some of these records are available but others are not (or a part of the request is too broad), please provide me with the records that are available.

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. International Business Times is one of the media organizations in the Newsweek family. As an award-winning news media organization, we have done extensive reporting on health care and financial policy, and disseminated that reporting to an audience of millions. We intend to use the public documents provided to us by the Department of Insurance to further that ongoing reporting, and the public's understanding of major health care policies. We are not using the documents for a commercial purpose -- we are using the documents for journalism.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 4 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

David Sirota
International Business Times
(646) 867-7100

From: Medina, Vanessa

David Sirota
International Business Times
MuckRock
DEPT MR 25712 & 25713
411A Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

Re: FOI Request

Dear Mr. Sirota:

The Connecticut Insurance Department acknowledges receipt of your email (copies of the 2 request attached), requesting information concerning Anthem & Cigna.

The Department is in the process of reviewing your request and compiling any responsive documents that are not otherwise exempt from disclosure. We will contact you regarding the cost associated with your request, if any. If our search does not find any responsive documents, we will promptly notify you.

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

Sincerely,

Tony Caporale, Counsel/V.M.
Legal Division

From: Caporale, Antonio

Dear Mr. Sirota,

The Department does not have in its custody or possession any responsive documents relating meetings referenced in your request below. Any documents received from Anthem or CIGNA and related to the proposed merger are confidential pursuant to C.G.S. Sections 1-210(b), 38a-8, 38a-131(c), 38a-137 and cannot be released.

Best 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>

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