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Congressional Letter to Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association

Congressional Letter to Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association

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House Committee Pressures Health Care Advocacy Groups on White House Meetings
House Committee Pressures Health Care Advocacy Groups on White House Meetings

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FREDUPTON,MICHIGANCHAIRMANHENRYA.WAXMAN,CALIFORNIARANKINGMEMBER
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April18,2011Mr.ScottP.SerotaPresidentandChiefExecutiveOfficerBlueCrossandBlueShieldAssociation225NorthMichiganAvenueChicago,IL60601DearMr.Serota:WearewritingtorequestyourassistanceandcooperationonamatterofgreatimportancetoourCommittee.OnMarch23,2010,PresidentObamasignedthePatientProtectionandAffordableCareAct(PPACA)intolaw.ThenegotiationsleadinguptothepassageofthePPACAlastedformorethanayearandinvolvednumerousmeetingsbetweenrepresentativesoftheAdministrationandvariousinterestgroups,includingtheBlueCrossandBlueShieldAssociation(BCBSA).lGiventhesecrecywithwhichtheAdministrationconducteditshealthcarereformnegotiations,thereisasubstantialpublicinterestinlearningmoreaboutthem.OnFebruary18,2011,wewrotetoMs.Nancy-AnnDeParle,theformerheadoftheWhiteHouseOfficeofHealthReform(WHOHR),requestinginformationrelatedtothosenegotiations.Inresponse,onMarch4,2011,Mr.RobertBauer,CounseltothePresident,sentusacollectionofpressreleasesandvisitorlogs"inanefforttoaddress[our]request."Thisinformationwasnotresponsivetoourrequest..AlthoughwewillmostcertainlypursuemoreinformationfromtheWhiteHouse,wearewritingtoyoubecauseamongthematerialsprovidedbyMr.BauerarevisitorlogentriesindicatingmeetingsbetweenBCBSArepresentativesandstaffoftheWhiteHouseregardinghealthcarereform.BCBSA'sinvolvementinthenegotiationsregardingthehealthcarereform
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JonWard,
ListofAttendeesatWhiteHouseHealthCareSummit,
THEWASHINGTONTIMES,March5,2009.
 
LettertoMr.ScottP.SerotaPage2legislationiswell
known.'
AttachedisapartiallistofmeetingsBeBSAheldwithWhiteHousestaff.
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BecauseBeBSAworkeddirectlywiththeWHOHR,werequestthatyouprovideinformationregardingBCBSA'smeetingsanddiscussionswiththeWHOHRandanyotherAdministrationofficialsrelatingtohealthcarereform.TherelevanttimeperiodforallofthefollowingrequestsisMarch2,2009,tothepresent.Pleaseprovidethefollowingdocumentsandinformationwithintwoweeksofthedateofthisletter:1.AlistofeachemployeeorrepresentativeofBeBSAwhodiscussedreformsorchangestothehealthcaresystemwithanyemployee,detaileeoranyotherrepresentativeoftheWHOHR,theWhiteHouse,ortheDepartmentofHealthandHumanServices(HHS).Providealistofyourofficersanddirectorsfor2009and2010.IncludealistoftheindividualsfromtheAdministrationwithwhomBeBSArepresentativesdiscussedsuchreformsorchanges.2.Alistofeachmeeting,briefing,ortelephonecall(includingconferencecallsorvideoconferences)regardingreformsorchangestothehealthcaresystem,betweenanyemployeeorrepresentativeofBCBSAandanyemployee,detaileeoranyotherrepresentativeoftheWHOHR,theWhiteHouse,orHHS.Pleaseprovidethefollowinginformationaboutanysuchmeetings,briefings,ortelephonecalls:thedate,theduration,thenamesoftheindividualspresentandtheirorganization,office,oremployer,andthesubjectmattersdiscussed.3.Allnotes,minutes,transcripts,documents,summariesoranyotherwrittenorrecordedmaterialspreparedfor,generatedorutilizedduring,orresultingfromeachmeeting,briefing?ortelephonecalldescribedinresponsetorequestnumber2.4.Allwrittencommunications,includinge-mail,regardingreformsorchangestothehealthcaresystembetweenanyemployeeorrepresentativeofBeBSAandanyemployee,detailee,oranyotherrepresentativeoftheWHOHR,theWhiteHouse,orHHS.5.Allwrittencommunications,includinge-mail,regardingreformsorchangestothehealthcaresystem,betweenoramongtheemployeesorrepresentativesofBeBSA,orbetweenanyemployeeorrepresentativeofBeBSAandanyemployeeorrepresentativeofBeBSA'smembers.6.Allestimatesoranalysesoftheimpactofhealthcarereformlegislationonyourorganizationoritsmembers.
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BethSussman,
BeBSALikesthe'VastMajority'a/WhatItSees,
NATIONALJOURNAL,
Aug.18,2009.
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isimpossibletocompileacompletelistofBCBSA'smeetingswithWHOHRorotherexecutivebranchpersonnelbasedontheWhiteHousevisitorlogsinourpossession.
 
LettertoMr.ScottP.SerotaPage3Youshouldimmediatelytakestepstopreserveallrelevantdocuments.AnattachmenttothisletterprovidesadditionalinformationonhowtorespondtotheCommittee'srequest.PleasecontactToddHarrison,ChiefCounselforOversightandInvestigations,at(202)225-2927ifyouhaveanyquestionsaboutthenatureoftheinformationrequestedorthemannerofproduction.Sincerely,SubcommitteeonOversightandInvestigationsairmanSubcommitteeonHealthichaelC.BurgessiceChairmanSubcommitteeonHealthAttachmentscc:TheHonorableHenryA.Waxman,RankingMemberTheHonorableDianaDeGette,RankingMemberSubcommitteeonOversightandInvestigationsTheHonorableFrankPallone,Jr.,RankingMemberSubcommitteeonHealth

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