HARTFORD, Conn. — A draft decision by the Freedom of Information Commission seeks to fine Connecticut’s Insurance Commissioner Katharine Wade $1,000 for withholding information regarding the now failed Aetna-Humana merger.
Last year, Connecticut Campaign for Consumer Choice, a group formed by the Connecticut State Medical Society, the Connecticut Citizen Action Group, and the Universal Health Care Foundation Of Connecticut, sought information regarding the merger, but backed off a request specifically for the “Form E” filing, which the insurance companies have to submit to insurance regulators.
The Insurance Department initially turned over 33 pages of information. Most of the records consisted of emails from media organizations requesting information concerning the merger, letters and a petition from consumers and a consumer group, and a few internal emails concerning the merger and the federal lawsuit. The groups filed a complaint with the Freedom of Information Commission when they didn’t receive what they felt they should have received.
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