Lawmaker wants oversight of OGB changes
JACKSON- State Representative Kenneth Havard wants an oversight committee to discuss the proposed rule changes to the Office of Group Benefits.
Havard said the process dealing with healthcare changes for state workers and retirees has been flawed.
"The administration did not follow the Administrative Procedures Act. The APA is part of the Louisiana Constitution and should be followed. We cannot give up our fiduciary duties that we were elected by the people to carry out. Every one of us swore to uphold the constitution. This administration continues to beat the drum of transparency and accountability. The time has now come that our actions match our rhetoric," Havard said in a news release.
Havard represents parts of East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, and West Feliciana parishes.
Havard said he asked Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Jim Fannin, for the oversight committee hearing.
OGB officials said the new plans are a necessary fix.
"We've got to get more progressive plans," said Thomas Groves, with the Office of Group Benefits. "Just raising premiums as suggested is not a solution. If you do that, you just end up raising again next year. The idea is to offer choice, offer employees a plan that fits them and let them manage from there."
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