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|Justices Urged to Save State Health Databases|
Dec. 1, 2015
"More than 40 industry groups, states and individuals are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect states' efforts to collect health claims data from health plans funded by employers.... Many of the groups filing briefs in support of Vermont's database emphasized that the utility of such databases would be compromised if self-funded health plans were excused from submitting their data. Self-insured plans cover nearly 60 percent of workers with health insurance ... According to Vermont -- and echoed by the AARP and other groups -- excluding these plans would skew the data, because individuals covered by such plans tend to be younger and healthier than the population as a whole."
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