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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has handed over a report it commissioned on the agency that manages state employees' health insurance, after state senators on Wednesday raised the propsect of a legislative subpoena. But the report is still not being made available to the public.
Brenda Hodge, communications director for the Louisiana state Senate, told TPM that the subpoena was not issued because lawmakers were able to "reach an agreement with the [the Division of Administration] a to receive a copy of the report."
The report, prepared by New Orleans company Chaffe & Associates, was commissioned as part of the administration's plan to privatize the Office of Group Benefits (OGB), which oversees health care for around 250,000 state workers, retirees and their dependents. The report apparently analyzes OGB's financial value. At a Senate & Governmental Affairs Committee confirmation hearing last week, Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater and OGB Chief Scott Kipper were asked about the report. During the hearing, Rainwater promised to get senators a copy of the report, but this week he went back on that pledge. That prompted lawmakers to vote to issue a subpoena -- though it was never issued.
While handing over the report, Rainwater asked the senators to keep the document secret, according to The Associated Press.