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Middletown Must Release Health Insurance Information, Judge Rules

Resident filed suit after township denied records request

Middletown town hall file photo.
Middletown town hall file photo.
Residents can view public records showing which Middletown employees receive taxpayer-funded health care, a Superior Court judge ruled. 

The township must disclose the names of employees enrolled in its group health insurance plan, Judge Lawrence M. Lawson ruled on Jan. 7. Middletown resident Lee Brewer filed suit after the township denied a July request for those records, according to the Asbury Park Press

The township's denial of Brewer's request cited concern that the documents could be combined with other data to "deduce protected information offensive to individual privacy rights under HIPAA," the court ruling reads. 

Middletown's Township Committee will discuss during its Jan. 21 regular meeting whether to appeal or comply with the ruling, according to the APP. 
rch January 15, 2014 at 11:03 AM
Comply...Revealing who has Middletown covered Health insurance doesn't reveal the status of their personal health. Why incur the cost to appeal. Unfair to the taxpayers. Appears as if there is a hidden agenda in not revealing the information.
MiddletownResident January 15, 2014 at 02:28 PM
rch, it's Middletown they like to hide corruption...

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