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Health Care Companies Contend Their Business Isn’t Public

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Are companies that provide health care to the poor under state contract subject to open records laws? A Yale researcher seeking information from managed-care companies has put the question to Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Commission after four firms turned down her requests for data. The state pays the four $626 million a year but the companies argue they aren’t carrying out the state’s business. They also say the information sought, including how much is paid specialists, is proprietary. (9/23/05)