Participants in Health Reform Impact Assessment (HHS)

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


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, 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.


Michael Morisy

From: MassHealth Privacy Office

Dear Mr. Morisy:

This letter constitutes a preliminary response to your public records request of April 20, 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. Alternately, such fees may be waived.


Jon Seiff
Custodian of Records
MassHealth Privacy Office

From: Executive Office of Health and Human Services

From: MassHealth Privacy Office

I'll look into that.

--Thanks, Jon.

From: Michael Morisy

Thanks for your help Jon! Was there a name for this committee or sub-committee?

From: Michael Morisy

Also, just to clarify what this document actually contained ...

1) What was the agenda for this meeting and when was it held?
2) Have there been any other meetings on this issue? Or was this list from the only one?
3) If there have been other meetings, did the exact same group of people attend?

Really appreciate the help Jon.


From: MassHealth Privacy Office

Hi Michael, please see the attached agenda, which is the only public record responsive to your follow-up questions.

Thanks, Jon.

From: MassHealth Privacy Office