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Bill would narrow rate secrecy provisions at Covered California
Sacramento Business Journal

When California lawmakers set up the California health benefits exchange in 2010, they gave the state agency authority to keep all contracts confidential for a year and the rates paid under them secret indefinitely. The initial legislation — Assembly Bill 1602 — also exempts from the California Public Records Act the deliberative processes, communications and other parts of negotiations with parties seeking to contract with the exchange, as well as recommendations, meeting minutes, board or staff strategy and instructions or training to employees.