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Jindal Gives Senators Confidential Copies Of Health Care Agency Report

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"We have significant concerns that premature disclosure of the report will prejudice the (solicitation for offers) and negotiations process. This is not a matter of secrecy, but a basic component of our ability to make decisions that are within our purview, to direct the integrity of a successful procurement," Rainwater wrote to Senate President Joel Chaisson, in a letter obtained by the AP.

The state senate has declared the report confidential.

The administration says that privatizing OGB will net a big upfront payment, perhaps as much as $150 million, while allowing the state to cut around 150 jobs, and save millions a year. They further argue that privatization would only affect the 62,000 OGB members who participate in the agency's preferred provider organization (PPO) program, which is both self-funded and self-administered. But critics have countered that OGB is well run, and should not be altered, and have raised questions about the fate of OGB's $500 million surplus fund.

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