WHEREAS: to fulfill this duty, the State Employee Group Benefits Program (hereafter "SEGBP") was created to provide affordable health care to its members, who are the employees and retirees of the State of Louisiana;
WHEREAS: members of the SEGBP have raised a number of concerns regarding the implementation of the SEGBP health care program that should be heard in a public forum and then thoroughly reviewed, including premium increases, reductions in the number of available health care providers, and the manner in which claims are handled; and
WHEREAS: the interests of the members of the SEGBP can be best served by the creation of a commission, composed of members of the legislature, the executive branch, the SEGBP, and the health care community to study the issues raised by the SEGBP members and recommend appropriate solutions to resolve their concerns;
NOW THEREFORE I, M.J. "MIKE" FOSTER, JR., Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested through the Constitution and the laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: The State Employees Group Benefits Program Study Commission (hereafter "commission") is created and established within the Executive Department, Office of the Governor.
SECTION 2: The duties and functions of the commission shall include, but are not limited to, the following:
SECTION 3: The commission shall submit a comprehensive written report to the Governor by February 1, 1998, which addresses the issues set forth in Section 2.
SECTION 4: The commission shall be composed of 29 members who shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor. The members shall be selected as follows:
SECTION 5: The Governor shall appoint the chair from its membership. All other officers shall be elected by the commission.
SECTION 6: The commission shall meet at regularly scheduled intervals and at the call of the chair.
SECTION 7: A simple majority of the members of the commission shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. All actions of the commission shall require a majority vote of the members of the commission.
SECTION 8: Commission members shall not receive compensation or a per diem. Nonetheless, contingent upon the availability of funds, commission members who are not employed by the state or an elected official may receive reimbursement for actual travel expenses, in accordance with state guidelines and procedures, upon the approval of the commissioner of Administration.
SECTION 9: All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and officers of the state, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate in the implementation of the provisions of this Order.
SECTION 10: This Order is effective upon signature and shall remain in effect until March 31, 1998, or until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the Governor.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 24th day of October, 1997.
M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
Secretary of State