PORTLAND — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he’s pleased that an appeals court left intact a law requiring insurers, health maintenance organizations and other medical service organizations to provide information concerning a school unit’s insurance claims history.

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

Last year, the Maine Education Association sued to stop the law. A district judge denied the injunction, and his decision was upheld by the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals. Now the case has been dropped.

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. LePage calls it a “win-win for superintendents and teachers.”

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