In accordance with the authority granted to the Commissioner of Insurance under M.G.L. c. 175, M.G.L. c. 176A, M.G.L. c. 176B, M.G.L. c. 176G and M.G.L. c. 176J, the Division of Insurance ("Division") will hold a series of public informational hearings on the rising costs of small business health insurance premiums ("Informational Small Business Health Insurance Premium Hearings").

The purpose of the Informational Small Business Health Insurance Premium Hearings is to afford all interested persons an opportunity to provide oral and/or written comment regarding the rising costs of health insurance premiums, particularly for small businesses and individuals.

The Division will hold the Informational Small Business Health Insurance Premium Hearings as follows:
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Monday, March 1, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.Barnstable Town Hall
367 Main Street, 2nd Flr.
Town Council Hearing Room
Hyannis, MA 02601
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.Massachusetts Division of Insurance
One South Station
Dept. of Public Utilities Hearing Room A, 2nd Flr.
Boston, MA 02110
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.Berkshire Community College
1350 West Street
Melville Hall, Room 201
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.Northern Essex Community College
78 Amesbury Street
LA101 - Amesbury St. Campus
Lawrence, MA 01841
Friday, March 5, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.Framingham State College
100 State Street
Hemingway Hall, Room 229
Framingham, MA 01701
Monday, March 8, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.Fitchburg State College
160 Pearl Street
President's Hall
Fitchburg, MA 01420

Any person who wishes to provide oral comment at any of the Informational Small Business Health Insurance Premium Hearings scheduled between March 1, 2010 and March 8, 2010 may submit a Notice of Intent to Comment to the Division on or before 4:00 p.m. two days prior to the hearing. All other persons who wish to comment will be heard subsequent to those who notify the Division in advance. Persons wishing to submit written comments may do so until the record of the hearings is closed. All submissions must be sent to: Docket Clerk, Hearings and Appeals, Division of Insurance, One South Station, Boston, Massachusetts, 02110, and must refer to Docket Number G2010-05.



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Joseph G. Murphy

Dated: February 23, 2010Acting Commissioner of Insurance