SCOTUS Ruling: States Can't Force Health Care Data Release

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Supreme Court rules states can't force health insurers to turn over data.
Supreme Court rules states can't force health insurers to turn over data.

HealthDay News -- The Supreme Court has ruled against state efforts to collect health care data from insurance plans.

According to the Associated Press, the ruling came via a 6-2 decision that efforts by Vermont and 17 or more other states to collect and assess the data are in conflict with federal law governing certain health plans.

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The case is based on claims made by Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., a self-insured employer with workers in Vermont. The company argued that the law conflicts with the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.

"The high court said the potential for a patchwork of different state regulations poses a major financial burden upon health care providers," according to the AP coverage.

Reference

Gobielle, Chair of the Vermont Green Mountain Care Board v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. SCOTUS. http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/15pdf/14-181_5426.pdf. Accessed March 6, 2016.

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