Call for release of Jindal’s health care plan records grows louder

December 8, 2008

The Louisiana Democratic Party isn’t the only entity wondering why the Jindal administration continues to stonewall requests for public records relating to its proposed health care plan. The Saturday, Dec. 6 edition of Lafayette’s Daily Advertiser features an editorial titled, “Release health-care plan details.”

Some highlights:

The ethics reforms proposed by Gov. Bobby Jindal and passed by the Legislature apparently are not providing the transparency that was promised. The Louisiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, seeking information on a plan to restructure health care for the state’s poor and uninsured, has filed suit to compel release of the information. The pediatrics group is concerned primarily with a plan that would “move several hundred thousand children eligible for Medicaid into commercial managed-care plans.” It has expressed opposition to that part of the plan.

Moving “several hundred thousand children eligible for Medicaid into commercial managed-care plans” should be of concern. It would benefit Jindal to provide information demanded by the pediatrics group, making it available to the public, as well.

A response is definitely needed to the pediatrics organization’s claim that “there is ongoing concern that the direction that DHH wishes to pursue is not in the best interest of the state’s children, but focuses on investor returns supported by taxpayer dollars.”

Read the entire editorial here.

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