ACLU sues over medical records

Posted: Tuesday, June 29, 2010

JUNEAU - The ACLU of Alaska is suing the state, seeking the return of medical records seized as part of a raid on a Ketchikan women's clinic earlier this year.

A Department of Law spokesman declined comment Monday.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of patient Marie-Jeanne Cadle and eight unidentified women. It says the raid was conducted by an investigator with a Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and that 400 patient files were taken. While the ACLU says it doesn't argue with the state's ability to investigate allegations of wrongdoing, it believes the state seized more records than necessary.

Named defendants are the Department of Law and Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing.

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