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League of Women Voters Meeting will Discuss Proposed Privatization of Office of Group Benefits

Posted By , Friday, August 12, 2011
For Immediate Release: August 12, 2011
Contact:  J Armstrong
225/927-2255

"How does the tentative sale of the LA OGB benefit anyone?"

The League of WoMen Voters of Baton Rouge (LWVBR)  will sponsor a special monthly public policy forum this month on a new day, Tuesday, August 16, 11:30 a.m. at Drusilla Place Catering, 3482 Drusilla Lane, Baton Rouge to address the concerns of LA taxpayers over the proposed sale of the Office of Group Benefits,

Invited forum panelists are:  Governor Bobby Jindal and/or his representative Commissioner Paul Rainwater or Chief of Saff/Executive Counsel Stephen Waguespack; G. Rolfe Miller, Managing Director, Morgan Keegan or the MK Representative handling the OGB contract; State Senator Butch Gautreaux, Chair, Senate Retirement Committee; Tommy Teague, Former CEO, OGB (Institutional knowledge); Stephen Monaghan, President, Louisiana Federation of Teachers (All Active employees); and Frank Jobert, Executive Director, Retired State Employees of Louisiana Association (All Retired Employees).   

Panelists, who have accepted are:  Senator Gautreaux, Tommy Teague, Stephen Monaghan, and Frank Jobert.  At press time, Erin Flynn, Executive Assistant to Commissioner Paul said that the Commissioner was still trying to work out his schedule to attend the event on Aug. 16.   Chief of Staff Stephen Waguespack has not returned phone calls so far, but Kelley McCormick indicated that someone from the Administration would be coming. 

LWVBR President Jean Armstrong said, "The League sincerely hopes that Paul Rainwater and a representative from the Governor's Office will participate on the panel next Tuesday. This community dialog must go on as the citizens have a right to ask questions and learn what their State government is doing regarding their Health coverage, which affects their daily lives."

On July 15, 2011 when the Jindal administration announced that Morgan Keegan would advise the Jindal Administration on a possible privatization of the Office of Group Benefits, Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater said in a prepared statement, "This is an important first step in what will be a lengthy, careful and thorough evaluation process to arrive at the best possible policy for plan members and taxpayers alike."  

He went on to say that  Morgan Keegan’s role will be to determine the "proper administrative structure” of the Office of Group Benefits.In correspondence to the LWVBR last week, G. Rolfe Miller, Managing Director, Morgan Keegan (Baton Rouge)wrote :"I spoke with our investment bankers last night and they indicated that we have not been hired yet to serve as adviser.  Therefore it would be inappropriate for us to participate in this Forum."  

A call was made to Morgan Keegan today.  Mr. Miller was out of the office.

The event is open to the public.  General Admission Tickets are $25.00.  LWVBR Member Discounted Tickets are $20.00.  There are only a few tickets left for this Tuesday "LWL."  Reservations are encouraged to ensured seating.  To purchase tickets, go to: www.lwvbr.org  or send your request to:  lwvbr@lwvbr.org    For further information, call 225/927-2255. 

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