Testimony FOI never got to hear

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Last week the Freedom of Information Commission held a hearing on my request for SIM documents related to their Consumer Advisory Board’s (CAB’s) votes on appointments to SIM committees. Those committees are making very important decisions about CT’s $30 billion health care system and ethical questions have been raised about committee members receiving substantial SIM grants. I also asked for an opinion about CAB’s secret meetings to choose those representatives. SIM objected to submitting my prepared testimony so it was not allowed. Questions have been raised about the adequacy of SIM’s response to the FOI request. For example, their response included only one ballot from voting on the second round of candidates. If that had been the only vote cast, the outcome would have been different. There are seventeen CAB members and the FOI response included about a dozen ballots from voting on the first round of candidates.