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STATE OF MAINE
On April 10, 2000, the Attorney General filed a motion with the Superintendent in the above-captioned proceeding requesting:
All parties were provided an opportunity to respond to the Attorney Generals motion, and responses were provided on April 12, 2000 by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine ("Blue Cross"), Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. ("Anthem"), and jointly by Consumers for Affordable Health Care ("CAHC") and Maine Ambulatory Care Coalition ("MACC"). No responses were provided by Maine Medical Association, MHA, Inc. [Maine Hospital Association], Maine Peoples Alliance, Maine Osteopathic Association and Maine Medical center.
As explained in detail in their responses, both Blue Cross and Anthem oppose the Attorney Generals motion. CAHC/MACCs joint response supports that portion of the Attorney Generals motion requesting the scheduling of additional opportunity for public comment, but that it be no sooner than two weeks from the date that closing arguments are filed. CAHC/MACCs joint response did not request an extension of the April 14, 2000 deadline for the filing of written closing arguments as requested in the Attorney Generals motion.
The Superintendent hereby DENIES that portion of the Attorney Generals motion requesting an extension of the deadline for the filing of written closing arguments, such that they are due no sooner than April 26, 2000; and GRANTS that portion of the Attorney Generals motion requesting the scheduling of additional opportunity for public comment, as set forth below in this Order.
The subject matter of this proceeding involves the conversion of the States only remaining nonprofit health insurance company to a for-profit company in accordance with Maine law. As a part of this process, Maine law also requires the establishment of a charitable trust benefiting Maine citizens and receiving the value of Blue Cross upon conversion. The Superintendent recognizes the Attorney Generals requests on behalf of members of the public and representatives of the Maine Legislature. Because of the significant public interest in this proceeding, the Superintendent finds justification to grant additional opportunity for public comment.
Additional Opportunity for Public Comment
The record in this proceeding is reopened for purposes of providing the public additional time for the submission of written comment with the Superintendent until 5:00 p.m. April 28, 2000. The record will be closed at that time.
The public may provide written comment with the Superintendent in the following manner:
Closing Written Statements
The deadline for the parties to file closing written statements with the Superintendent remains at 3:00 p.m. April 14, 2000. The parties are reminded of the filing requirements established in the Superintendents November 4, 1999 Procedural Order, particularly the requirement for the submission of electronic copies.
The Superintendent encourages the parties to make available all closing written statements on their web sites for public access.
With the exception of the closing written statements, no other filings are to be made by the parties absent compliance with Chapter 350 of the Bureaus Rules.
Public Access to Information
Following the receipt of the written closing statements, the Superintendent will take efforts to place expeditiously in the public domain all non-confidential aspects of the closing written statements. The Superintendents efforts will include:
The Superintendent reminds parties, the public, and interested persons that, in addition to the closing written statements, non-confidential information previously filed in this proceeding is available at the Bureaus offices in Gardiner, Maine, or on the Bureaus web site at www.maine.gov/pfr/insurance. This web site may be accessed electronically over the internet, which is publicly available from many libraries, schools, and home computers.
PER ORDER OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
Dated: April 13, 2000 __________________________________
Last Updated: January 22, 2014
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