High court limits state power to gather health care data


WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court says state officials can’t force certain health insurers to turn over reams of data revealing how much they pay for medical claims.

The justices ruled 6-2 that efforts by Vermont and at least 17 other states to gather and analyze the data conflict with federal law governing certain health plans.

The case involves Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., which operates a self-insured health plan for its workers and refused to turn over data.

A federal appeals court sided with the company, saying its plan already is subject to federal reporting requirements.

The high court said the potential for a patchwork of different state regulations poses a major financial burden upon health care providers.

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