SCOTUS Hears Oral Arguments in Case Involving Health Insurer Data Collection
The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual, a case concerning whether Vermont can require self-insured health plans to provide claims data for the state's all-payer claims database. Vermont Solicitor General Bridget Asay told the justices that the state only asks for data that insurers already collect and that can be easily transferred electronically. However, Liberty Mutual attorney Seth Waxman argued that Vermont requires Liberty Mutual to "keep records that we don't keep, and ... display them and provide information in ways that we don't."
- "Vermont's Effort to Gather Data on Health-Care Costs Faces Supreme Court Test" (Bravin/Radnofsky, Wall Street Journal, 12/2).
- "High Court Skeptical of State Power To Gather Health Data" (Hananel, Associated Press, 12/2).