(DAILY SITKA SENTINEL, SITKA, ALASKA) — Does the state have a right to access your medical records and keep them while pursuing charges against a medical practitioner?

That question was at the heart of more than two hours of oral arguments Friday in the Sitka courthouse.

The American Civil Liberties Union is representing a group of nine patients “and others similarly situated,” whose medical records were seized by the state from A Woman’s Place, a Ketchikan health clinic. The state is refusing to return the records to the patients or clinic.

The records were seized under a warrant issued in the investigation of the clinic owner for suspected Medicaid fraud.

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