Participants in Health Reform Impact Assessment (Connector)

Mary Connaughton Pioneer Institute filed this request with the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority of Massachusetts .
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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:

A list of all participants, including their titles and place of employment, that have attended meetings of Administration and/or Connector Authority staff that discussed the implications of federal health reform on the state of Massachusetts. The list should also denote any subcommittees, formal or informal, that each may sit on that discusses the implications of federal health reform.

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

From: Health Connector

Hi Michael,

We are still in the process of determining whether there is any such list at the Health Connector that meets your criteria. I anticipate having more information for you within the next few weeks.

Dick Powers

From: Shawn Musgrave

This communication is regarding the public records request below. You are receiving this message because communication between the requester and your agency either failed to initiate or was interrupted.

Please review and address the request below.

Thank you

From: Shawn Musgrave

This communication is regarding the public records request below. You are receiving this message because communication between the requester and your agency either failed to initiate or was interrupted.

Please review and address the request below.

Thank you

From: Edward DeAngelo

I did receive it. Can you clarify whether you received a further response from Dick Powers after the April 29, 2011 email that was contained in the email chain?

Edward DeAngelo
General Counsel
Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority

From: MuckRock

Hello,

From our records, April 2011 was the last communication we received regarding this request.

Thank you.

From: Lefferts, Jason W (CCA)

Hi, Michael.

I wanted to touch base with you on the request you resent to the Health Connector last week. I started in July and had no idea with was pending. After taking a peek, I'm wondering if we can talk real quick when you get a chance so I'm clear as to what you are looking for. Contact info below.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello,

This week we're pretty slammed, and in general we prefer to work out request issues via email. Is there any question I can resolve in particular?

Thank you.

From: Lefferts, Jason W (CCA)

I guess, simply, what exactly are you looking for? This request seems kind of vague and broad. If you can give me some specifics on what you need, we can concentrate on that as we prepare a response.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Sure, I'll clarify. This is a request for:

A list of all participants at Connector Authority meetings, roundtables, etc dedicated to the topic of federal health care reform's impact on Massachusetts. Please include meetings from January 2011 to the day this request is processed.

Thank you for your help.

From: DeAngelo, Ed (CCA)

Michael,
I am replying to your request for public records consisting of "A list of all participants, including their titles and place of employment, that have attended meetings of Administration and/or Connector Authority staff that discussed the implications of federal health reform on the state of Massachusetts."

The Health Connector does not have such a list. I'm interpreting your request to ask for names of persons, outside of Connector staff, who attended Connector staff meetings discussing the implications of federal health reform on the state of Massachusetts. Given that, I have identified two sets of meetings that are potentially responsive.

First, the implications of federal health reform have been discussed by Connector staff at several of the monthly meetings of the Connector's board of directors. Minutes from those meeting, which will set forth the substance of the discussion, and copies of any power points used in these discussions can be found at the Connector's web site. The minutes will identify the board members and the speakers at the meeting. These meetings are public and we do not keep attendance of members of the public who attend.

Additionally, the Connector held several meetings of individuals, including both staff and individuals from outside the Connector, to discuss the implications of federal health reform on the state's individual mandate and minimum creditable coverage regulations. This group was not an officially constituted body. It did not keep minutes of its discussion and there are no attendance sheets. However, I can provide the list of invitees. They are:

Cohen Machera, Mindy (EHS)
Gasteier, Audrey (CCA);
Shor, Glen (CCA);
DeAngelo, Ed (CCA);
Chin, Michael (CCA); '
Dukeman, Stephen J.';
'Brown, Kevin W.';
Hague, Ashley C (CCA);
'Ford, Patrick'; (DOR)
'Turnbull, Nancy'; 'Jon Gruber'; 'Celia Wcislo'; - Health Connector Board members
Reddy, Candace (ANF);
Beagan, Kevin (DOI);
Schwartz, Nancy (DOI);
Woltmann, Marissa (CCA);
Kirchgasser, Alison (EHS);
Widmer, Michael; - MA Taxpayers Foundation
'jdchesloff@maroundtable.com'; - MA Business Roundtable (J.D. Chesloff)
Nordahl, Kate – BCBSMA Foundation
brennie@retailersma.org' – Bill Rennie, Retailers Association of MA
Michael.Caljouw@bcbsma.com' – Mike Caljouw, BCBSMA
'linzer@mahp.com' – Eric Linzer, Massachusetts Association of Health Plans
c.andes@gbio.org – Cheryl Andes, Greater Boston Interfaith Organization
John.Sullivan@bcbsma.com – BCBSMA
Rosman, Brian – Health Care for All
'Katzman, Michael – BCBSMA
Suzanne Curry – Health Care for All

The Health Connector has created this list for you, even though it was not an existing record and so was not required to be produced under the public records law. The Health Connector is doing this without charge. This does not waive the Health Connector's ability to charge fees for any future requests in accordance with governing law.

Thank you for your interest in the Health Connector.

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