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Maine school insurance data lawsuit dropped

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Education Association has dropped its lawsuit targeting a law requiring insurers, health maintenance organizations and other medical service organizations to provide information concerning a school unit's insurance claims history.

Gov. Paul LePage said Monday that school districts can now generate savings to reinvest in the classroom "instead of wasting time and money fighting frivolous lawsuits."

The idea of the law sponsored by Rep. Ralph Sarty of Denmark is to make information available so school districts can explore lower cost options.

The MEA Foundation sued last year but a district judged denied the request for an injunction and the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals upheld. Anthem, insurance provider for the MEA Benefits Trust, will now be required to release claims data when it's requested by the local school board.

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