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Lawmakers raised concerns about CNSI contract two years ago

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BATON ROUGE-  A Louisiana Senate confirmation hearing two years ago included a line of questioning about a Medicaid contract that is now part of a federal investigation.

The controversy started as Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein was being confirmed for his job. He denies any wrongdoing as the state awarded a $185 million dollar contract to CNSI, a company Greenstein worked for from 2005 to 2006.

The administration terminated the contract last week when a federal grand jury investigation into the deal became public.

During the hearings, Senator Karen Carter Peterson told the committee the contract discussion does place a cloud over Greenstein and the Jindal Administration.

Senator Dan Claitor was on the committee. He says lawmakers did the best they could do at the time with the information that was available. He says the feds have much more power for things like subpoenas and a grand jury investigation.

Senator Claitor says time will tell if lawmakers were on the right track when they started asking questions about the contract and any involvement in that process by Greenstein.


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