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Early draft of Oklahoma's state health insurance study won't be released

Early results of health care consultant's report to be released Thursday, but the full report is being kept secret.
BY CLIFTON ADCOCK Published: May 9, 2013
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A consultant hired by Oklahoma to help create a plan for covering people without health insurance has delivered a draft report on its findings to state officials, but officials refuse to release the report.

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority will present some of the consultant's preliminary findings and recommendations at its board meeting on Thursday, using a PowerPoint presentation, an authority spokeswoman said. That slideshow will be released after the meeting; the draft report will not be released at the time. A final version of Utah-based Leavitt Partners' findings is expected in June.

Howard Pallotta, general counsel for the Health Care Authority, said the agency does not have to immediately release the draft report or PowerPoint images in response to an Oklahoma Watch request made under the Opens Records Act. He cited as a reason a part of the act that allows a public official, before taking action that includes making recommendations or issuing a report, to “keep confidential his or her personal notes and personally created materials … prepared as an aid to memory or research leading to the adoption of a public policy or the implementation of a public project.”

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