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Public Hearing Notice GIC Public Hearing on proposed changes to regulation 805 CMR

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Contact for GIC Public Hearing on proposed changes to regulation 805 CMR

Group Insurance Commission

Address

Street Address
19 Staniford St, Boston, MA 02114
Enrollment Form and Member Correspondence Mailing Address
PO Box 556, Randolph, MA 02368

Fax

Operations (617) 227-2681
Executive (617) 227-5181
Fiscal (617) 367-9874

Overview of GIC Public Hearing on proposed changes to regulation 805 CMR

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission (“GIC”), pursuant to the provisions of M.G.L. c. 30A, M.G.L. c. 32A § 3, and M.G.L. c. 32B § 19, will hold a public hearing to hear testimony relating to its proposed changes to regulations 805 CMR 1.00, 5.00, 8.00, and 9.00, filed on October 9, 2020. The proposed changes to 805 CMR 1.00: General Provisions, 5.00: Miscellaneous, 8.00: Municipal Health Coverage, and 9.00: Eligibility and Participation will update the existing regulations which govern the GIC’s operations with regard to utilization of technology, divorce and remarriage, surviving handicap dependents, clarifying language, and uniformity with state and federal laws.

The public hearing on the regulatory changes will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 via video and teleconference at 10:00 a.m. and again at 3:00 p.m. The GIC will present all proposed regulatory changes at each hearing. The sole purpose of holding two hearings is to allow for greater participation from interested parties. The purpose of the hearing is to afford all interested parties an opportunity to provide oral comments on the proposed changes to 805 CMR.

Agenda

Oral Testimony

Individuals who notify the GIC of their intent to testify during a hearing will be afforded an earlier opportunity to speak. Speakers are strongly encouraged to notify the GIC of their intention to testify at the hearing by emailing GIC.Info@mass.gov with the subject line “Regulation Hearing Comment – 805 CMR.” The GIC requests that speakers provide written copies of their testimony to the GIC before 5 p.m. on November 10, 2020.

Written Testimony
All parties may also submit written testimony by email or USPS. Individuals submitting electronic testimony via email should do so in the text of the email or by attaching an MSWord document to the email. Other file types will not be opened.

Email - email GIC.Info@mass.gov with the subject line “Regulation Hearing Comment – 805 CMR.”
USPS - Legal Department, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission,
P.O. Box 8747, Boston, MA 02114, or at 19 Staniford Street, 4th floor Boston, MA.

Written testimony on these regulations must be received by the GIC no later than 5:00 p.m., November 10, 2020.

Remote Meeting and Remote Participation
Due to COVID-19 emergency, the GIC will hold this hearing remotely.

10:00 a.m. Hearing - To join the 10:00 a.m. remote hearing online go to https://zoom.us/j/98952314140?pwd=MkdWak5xbmpDNWtqWW93TFo3V3R6dz09, and enter Meeting ID: 989 5231 4140 and Passcode: 143369. To join the remote 10:00 a.m. hearing by phone, call (602) 333-0032 or toll free (888) 270-9936 and enter Meeting ID: 989 5231 4140 and Conference Code: 452949.

3:00 p.m. Hearing - To join the 3:00 p.m. remote hearing online go to https://zoom.us/j/97151560196?pwd=a0dmRnlSaS9mYVgraTRVQmV1UUt5UT09, and enter Meeting ID: 971 5156 0196 and Passcode: 895319. To join the remote 3:00 p.m. hearing by phone, call (602) 333-0032 or toll free (888) 270-9936 and enter Meeting ID: 971 5156 0196 and Conference Code: 452949.

Accommodation Requests
Please submit your request for accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at least 14 days prior to the hearing to Brock Veidenheimer, GIC ADA Coordinator, via email at gic.ada.requests@mass.gov, via telephone at (617) 727-2310, or via TDD/TTY at 711. Additional requests will be considered but may not be possible to fill.

Proposed Regulations Available Online or By Written Request
All persons desiring to review the current draft of the proposed regulatory changes may go to https://www.mass.gov/law-library/gic-regulations or request an electronic or hard copy of the proposed regulatory changes by emailing the GIC at GIC.Info@mass.gov or in writing at Legal Department, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission, P.O. Box 8747, Boston, MA 02114, or at 19 Staniford Street, 4th floor Boston, MA.
The GIC may adopt a revised version of the proposed actions taking into account relevant comments and any other practical alternatives that come to its attention.

Dated: October 9, 2020

Contact for GIC Public Hearing on proposed changes to regulation 805 CMR

Address

Street Address
19 Staniford St, Boston, MA 02114
Enrollment Form and Member Correspondence Mailing Address
PO Box 556, Randolph, MA 02368

Fax

Operations (617) 227-2681
Executive (617) 227-5181
Fiscal (617) 367-9874
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