Complete Colorado sends in the lawyers over withheld emails in open records request

Complete Colorado: A refusal by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) to release more than 1,000 documents as part of an open records request has led Complete Colorado to retain legal counsel to secure the full breadth of the request.

“HCPF’s withholding of this large number of documents flies the face of the intent of the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) and the public’s need for transparency,” said attorney John Zakhem, with the Denver-based firm Jackson Kelly. “It’s our client’s intention to pursue all legal remedies to ensure that full disclosure is made if the agency continues to refuse to be transparent.”

Jackson Kelly is well known for its practice in government relations and open records laws.

Among the records HCPF did release were emails that showed coordination between the department and progressive activists, who in turn have connections to legislators carrying bills this session that could change the way health care works in Colorado.

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