State health insurance changes delayed until March
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is delaying heavily-criticized changes to the state health insurance program by two months, but is not backing off the rewrite.
The Office of Group Benefits announced Tuesday that the changes will begin on March 1, instead of Jan. 1. Also, members of the health insurance program will have an extra month to make decisions about what benefit plan they'll select.
The enrollment period starts Wednesday and now will extend until Nov. 30.
The delay comes after state lawmakers urged the Jindal administration to consider adjustments to the timeline for rolling out the benefit changes and possibly tweaks to the benefit plans themselves.
Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols says she wanted to give workers and retirees more time to research the available insurance plans and make decisions.