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STATE OF MAINE
NOW COMES The Maine Health Alliance (the "Alliance") and requests an enlargement of time up to and including March 9, 2000 to respond and, if necessary, object to the Applicants' First Discovery Request to The Maine Health Alliance (the "Request"). In support, the Alliance states as follows:
1. On February 7, 2000, the Alliance received by United States Mail the Request, consisting of requests for information and documents.
2. Under the Bureau of Insurance's Rules of Practice, responses to an informal request are due within 14 days after its receipt, in this case February 22, 2000, and objections within five working days after its receipt, in this case February 14, 2000. Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance, Rules of Practice and Procedure Governing Adjudicatory Proceedings, Rule 10(B).
3. Upon receipt, Gregory A. Brodek, Esq. immediately reviewed the Request and contacted James B. Zimpritch, Esq., counsel for Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc., itself and on behalf of its subsidiary to be formed, Anthem Health Plans of Maine, Inc., d/b/a Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield ("Anthem"), and Robert S. Frank, Esq., counsel for Associated Hospital Services of Maine, d/b/a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine ("BCBSME") (Anthem and BCBSME are referred to as "Applicants"), to request a delay in responding to the Request until such time as the Alliance makes a decision to actively support or oppose the contemplated transaction between the Applicants.
4. It is Mr. Brodek's understanding the Applicants agreed to such a delay, eliminating the need to respond to the Request within the time limits as set forth in Paragraph 2 above.
5. On February 16, 2000, Mr. Brodek was admitted to the hospital due to a medical emergency. It is anticipated that Mr. Brodek's recovery will take approximately two weeks.
6. On February 17, 2000, Emmy S. Monahan, Esq. had a telephone conversation with Jeffrey M. White, Esq., counsel for Anthem. Based upon that conversation, it is Ms. Monahan's understanding that at least one of the Applicants, Anthem, cannot honor its agreement to a delay in the Alliance responding to the Request until such time as the Alliance makes a decision to actively support or oppose the contemplated transaction between the Applicants.
WHEREFORE, the Alliance respectfully requests that the Superintendent grant an enlargement of time up to and including March 9, 2000 to respond and, if necessary, object to the Applicants' First Discovery Request to the Maine Health Alliance.
Dated: February 17, 2000
Last Updated: January 21, 2014
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