Massachusetts -- Insurance Department
|Submitted||April 7, 2016|
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From: David Sirota
To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:
- All correspondence to or from employees of the Division of Insurance to or from employees of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners referencing the proposed merger between Cigna and Anthem. This includes correspondence to or from email address from the domain name "naic.org."
- All correspondence to or from employees of the Division of Insurance to or from employees of the Connecticut Insurance Department, including Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Katharine Wade, referencing the proposed merger between Cigna and Anthem.
- All correspondence to or from employees of the Division of Insurance to or from employees of Cigna and/or Anthem referencing the proposed merger between Cigna and Anthem. This includes correspondence to or from email address from the domain name "cigna.com" and/or "anthem.com."
I hereby request such correspondence for the dates 1/1/15 to the present. This request can be limited to correspondence to and/or from specifically those Division of Insurance employees working on and/or reviewing the proposed Cigna-Anthem merger.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
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 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.
If it is your position that any portion of the requested records is exempt from disclosure, I request that you provide it with an index of those documents as required under Vaughn v. Rosen, 484 F.2d 820 (D.C. Cir. 1973), cert. denied, 415 U.S. 977 (1972). As you are aware, a Vaughn index must describe each document claimed as exempt with sufficient specificity “to permit a reasoned judgment as to whether the material is actually exempt under FOIA.” Founding Church of Scientology v. Bell, 603 F.2d 945, 949 (D.C. Cir. 1979). Moreover, the Vaughn index must “describe each document or portion thereof withheld, and for each withholding it must discuss the consequences of supplying the sought-after information.” King v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice, 830 F.2d 210, 223-24 (D.C. Cir. 1987) (emphasis added). Further, “the withholding agency must supply ‘a relatively detailed justification, specifically identifying the reasons why a particular exemption is relevant and correlating those claims with the particular part of a withheld document
to which they apply.’” Id.at 224 (citing Mead Data Central v. U.S. Dep’t of the Air Force, 566 F.2d 242, 251 (D.C. Cir. 1977)).
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. See 5 U.S.C. § 552(b). 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. Mead Data Central, 566 F.2d at 261. Claims of nonsegregability must be made with the same degree of detail as required for claims of exemptions in a Vaughn index. If a request is denied in whole, please state specifically that it is not reasonable to segregate portions of the record for release.
I request a waiver of fees associated with processing this request for records. International Business Times is a news media organization. Disclosure of the requested information to me is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government. The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
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.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.
International Business Times
From: RAO, DOI (DOI)
The Division of Insurance has no records responsive to your request.
Mindy A. Merow Rubin
Counsel to the Commissioner and
Records Access Officer
Massachusetts Division of Insurance
1000 Washington Street, Suite 810
Boston, Massachusetts 02118-6200
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