Vote delayed on Jindal health privatization plan
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have scrapped a planned Thursday vote on Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to hire a private company to manage a state employee health insurance plan.
The delay, announced a day before the scheduled hearing, has prompted claims the Jindal administration didn't have enough votes from the House and Senate budget committees for passage of the contract between the Office of Group Benefits and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Fannin says he pushed for the meeting to be delayed because lawmakers received the contract proposal two days before the hearing and wanted more time to review the more than 70-page document.
A new meeting date hasn't been set.
Jindal hadn't intended to seek budget committee approval, but the Louisiana attorney general's office said the contract required it.