Estimates for financial impact of the federal law

Mary Connaughton Pioneer Institute filed this request with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services of Massachusetts.
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From: Michael Morisy

Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority
100 City Hall Plaza
6th floor, Boston, MA 02108

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the state Freedom of Information Act, G.L.M. c.4, €7, clause 26th, I hereby request the following records:

All documents, including power points, that discuss the financial implications in both the public and private sector of the Affordable Care Act on Massachusetts. Including all documents that estimate the impact on those currently enrolled in an insurance plan offered through the Connector.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Michael Morisy
Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com
Daytime: (617) 299-1832
For mailed responses, please address:
MuckRock
185 Beacon St. #3
Somerville, MA 02143

From: Massachusetts Health Connector

Mr. Michael Morisy,


Hi Michael,

I have received your March 9, 2011, FOIA requests dealing with implications of federal reform on Massachusetts and tiered covered offerings in the Commonwealth Choice program.

Regarding the former, all of the information we currently have can be viewed here. This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

I have circulated your second request among staff here at the Health Connector and will get back to you as soon as I have something to report.


Dick Powers




Dick Powers
Director of Public Affairs
Massachusetts Health Connector
100 City Hall Plaza - 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
617-933-3141
617-933-3070 (f)
Richard.R.Powers@state.ma.us

From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the state Freedom of Information Act, G.L.M. c.4, €7, clause 26th, I hereby request the following records:

All documents, including power points, that discuss the financial implications in both the public and private sector of the Affordable Care Act on Massachusetts. Including all documents that estimate the impact on those currently enrolled in an insurance plan offered through the Connector.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Michael Morisy
Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com
Daytime: (617) 299-1832
For mailed responses, please address:
MuckRock
185 Beacon St. #3
Somerville, MA 02143

From: MuckRock.com

Left a voice mail requesting follow up.

From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 20, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Supervisor of Records

I am currently out of the office. If you need immediate legal assistance please contact Judy Karp at judy.karp@state.ma.us. If you need general assistance, please contact Edwige.Bernier@state.ma.us.

Thank you.

Thanks.

From: Jon Seiff

Mr. Morisy,

This letter constitutes a preliminary response to your public records request of April 27, 2011 , below. EOHHS is currently in the process of identifying any records that meet the description contained in your request and that are subject to disclosure.

EOHHS normally charges the following fees for copies of public records:
--$.20 per page for photocopies;
--$.50 per page for computer printouts;
--$50.00 per hour for the creation of electronic reports; and
--A pro-rated fee for performing a search for requested records or segregating exempt information from non-exempt information which is contained in a requested record. This fee is based on the hourly rate of the lowest-paid employee capable of performing the task.

You will be notified of the fee for producing any relevant records that have been identified, and upon receiving payment in the amount of the fee, the records will be made available to you.

Thanks,

Jon Seiff
Custodian of Records
MassHealth Privacy Office
617-210-5391

From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 20, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Jon Seiff

Dear Mr. Morisy,

I am writing in response to your email below. We are in the process of gathering documents responsive to your request, and will advise you of the cost of production as soon as possible.

Thank you,

Jon Seiff
Custodian of Records
MassHealth Privacy Office
617-210-5391

From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 20, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

I am appealing a denial of access to public records. On Jun 8, 2011, I filed a request for:
All documents, including power points, that discuss the financial implications in both the public and private sector of the Affordable Care Act on Massachusetts. Including all documents that estimate the impact on those currently enrolled in an insurance plan offered through the Connector.

I filed this request with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services of Massachusetts. My request is now past due by almost three months, and I believe this constitutes an improper denial of access to public records.

I have enclosed the communications between myself and the Connector Authority of Massachusetts.

Sincerely,

Michael Morisy

From: Supervisor of Records

Hi Michael,

Just to clarify, are you looking to have the attached document updated to reflect current July, 2011 numbers?

Regarding your previous request for policy proposals, I wrote to you on March 23:

"Regarding your request for documents detailing cost estimates and policy proposals, we need to ask for more specific direction. (Please see 950 CMR 32.05 (4): "Any person seeking access to a public record or any portion thereof shall provide a reasonable description of the requested record to the custodian so that he or she can identify and locate it promptly.")

I will follow up on your request for the enrollment projection documents.

Thanks,

Jon Seiff
Custodian of Records
MassHealth Privacy Office
617-210-5391

From: Supervisor of Records

Hi Michael,

I am writing to follow up again on your request of July 27, below. MassHealth has determined that we possess no documents responsive to your request for policy proposals to address enrollment increases.

Please let me know if you are looking for an updated version of the attached document.

Thank you,

Jon Seiff
Custodian of Records
MassHealth Privacy Office
617-210-5391

From: MassHealth Privacy Office

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