WHEREAS: the Department of Health and Hospitals has historically managed and operated health care programs for children for the State of Louisiana, including Medicaid (KID MED); Children's Special Health Services; Women's, Infants and Children's (WIC) Supplemental Food Program; School and Adolescent Health; Immunizations; Maternal and Child Health; Developmental Disability Early Intervention; Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention; and Children's Mental Health Services;
WHEREAS: in order to provide funding to the states to enable them to initiate and expand children's health assistance for uninsured, low income children in an effective and efficient manner that is coordinated with other sources of health benefits coverage for children, Congress amended the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C.A. 1395, et seq., in 1997 to enact the State Children's Health Insurance Program, a part of the Balanced Budget Act, 111 Stat. 251, P.L. 105-33;
WHEREAS: R.S. 36:254(A)(6) authorizes the secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals to act as the sole agent of the State of Louisiana "to cooperate with the federal government and with other state and local agencies in matters of mutual concern and in the administration of federal funds granted to the state or directly to the department or an office thereof to aid in the furtherance of any function of the department or its offices"; and
WHEREAS: in establishing the State of Louisiana's Children's Health Insurance Program and coordinating it with the other state health care programs for children, the secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals would benefit from the advice of a task force composed of the leadership of various state agencies and the Louisiana Legislature so as to utilize their accumulated expertise and knowledge on children's health care and insurance issues;
NOW THEREFORE I, M.J. "MIKE" FOSTER, JR., Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: The Children's Health Insurance Program Task Force (hereafter "task force") is established within the Executive Department, Department of Health and Hospitals.
SECTION 2: The primary duty of the task force shall be to advise the secretary of Department of Health and Hospitals regarding the various options available for a Children's Health Insurance Program, as authorized by the Balanced Budget Act, 111 Stat. 251, P.L. 105-33, including, but not limited to, the following:
SECTION 3: The task force shall be composed of fifteen members appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the Governor. The membership of the task force shall be selected as follows:
SECTION 4: The Governor shall select the chair of the task force from its membership.
SECTION 5: Support staff for the task force and facilities for its meetings shall be provided by the Department of Health and Hospitals.
SECTION 6: Task force members shall not receive compensation, a per diem, or travel expenses from the Department of Health and Hospitals or the Office of the Governor.
SECTION 7: All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and officers of the state, or any political subdivisions thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate with the task force in implementing the provisions of this Order.
SECTION 8: This Order is effective upon signature and shall continue in effect until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the Governor, or terminated by operation of law.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 16th day of September, 1997.
M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
Secretary of State