Posted: Mar 7, 2012 10:31 PM by Kristy Davis
Updated: Mar 7, 2012 10:31 PM
BATON ROUGE - The former director of the Office of Elderly Affairs lost her position just 24 hours after speaking out against the governor's plan to place the office under the Department of Health and Hospitals.
Martha Manuel says it was a now or never moment. If she hadn't spoken out, she may never have gotten her point across about what she's sees as the problems merging the office with DHH.
"If you compare the two, you will see, that with our small office, and small amount of funds, we outperform DHH almost 3 to 1," Manuel told News 2.
Governor Jindal says it was decided to go in a different direction and he believed the merger will ultimately save tax dollars. "It just makes more sense to be able to be more efficient, to deliver those services more effectively, and to
get additional federal funding to aid that office where there are already services for the elderly being provided." The governor would not comment on whether or not he ordered Martha Manuel's termination.