Gender Affirming Care

Sarika Ram filed this request with the Group Insurance Commission of Massachusetts.
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From: Sarika Ram


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

-Any policies from January 2017 to the date this request is processed related to gender affirming care insurance coverage for transgender people covered under the Group Insurance Commission

Please provide materials on a rolling basis, as they become available. We request that the requested complaints please be made available to us as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please feel free to clarify via phone at 610-637-7745.

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.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

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 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Sarika Ram

From: Group Insurance Commission

Email #3 with handbooks from fiscal year 2017, responsive records regarding your gender affirming care request.

Best regards,

Rachelle

Rachelle S. Mercier, Esq., MPH
Associate General Counsel
Group Insurance Commission
19 Staniford Street | PO Box 8747 | Boston MA 02114
tel (617) 727-2310<tel:%28617%29%20727-2310> x7022 | fax (617) 227-5181<tel:%28617%29%20227-5181> | Rachelle.Mercier2@state.ma.us<mailto:Rachelle.Mercier2@state.ma.us>

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From: Group Insurance Commission

Email #2 with handbooks from fiscal year 2017, responsive records regarding your gender affirming care request.

Best regards,

Rachelle
Rachelle S. Mercier, Esq., MPH
Associate General Counsel
Group Insurance Commission
19 Staniford Street | PO Box 8747 | Boston MA 02114
tel (617) 727-2310<tel:%28617%29%20727-2310> x7022 | fax (617) 227-5181<tel:%28617%29%20227-5181> | Rachelle.Mercier2@state.ma.us<mailto:Rachelle.Mercier2@state.ma.us>

Warning: This message is intended only for the use of the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged and confidential, the disclosure of which is governed by applicable law. Confidentiality Notice: Protected Health Information is personal and sensitive information related to a person's health care and is e-mailed after appropriate authorization from the person or under circumstances that do not require the person's authorization. If you are not the intended recipient, or the employee or agent responsible to deliver it to the intended recipient, the disclosure, copying or distribution of this information is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message by error, please notify the sender immediately.

From: Group Insurance Commission

Sarika,

I am responding to your public records request. Thank you for your patience as we searched for the documents you requests. The health plan handbooks are the records that contain information about gender affirming care.

Here are the links to the current handbooks:
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/gic-non-medicare-health-insurance-products

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/gic-medicare-health-insurance-products

I'm attaching the remaining handbooks that you asked for to emails, however, I will need to send multiple emails. I called you last week to try and see how you'd like them to be sent because putting them on a flash drive would be much easier than emails. I never heard back, so I'm trying to just send in this manner in order to get you the documents as soon as possible.

Thanks,
Rachelle

Rachelle S. Mercier, Esq., MPH
Associate General Counsel
Group Insurance Commission
19 Staniford Street | PO Box 8747 | Boston MA 02114
tel (617) 727-2310<tel:%28617%29%20727-2310> x7022 | fax (617) 227-5181<tel:%28617%29%20227-5181> | Rachelle.Mercier2@state.ma.us<mailto:Rachelle.Mercier2@state.ma.us>

Warning: This message is intended only for the use of the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged and confidential, the disclosure of which is governed by applicable law. Confidentiality Notice: Protected Health Information is personal and sensitive information related to a person's health care and is e-mailed after appropriate authorization from the person or under circumstances that do not require the person's authorization. If you are not the intended recipient, or the employee or agent responsible to deliver it to the intended recipient, the disclosure, copying or distribution of this information is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message by error, please notify the sender immediately.

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