Office of Group Benefits does not ask for members’ financial information

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The Louisiana Office of Group Benefits (OGB) is alerting its members to fraudulent phone calls from parties who claim they are asking for personal financial information on behalf of OGB partner organizations.

OGB says neither it nor its partners will ever ask members for financial information.  OGB sent the following e-mail to state agencies:

Subject: FW: OGB and our partners do not ask for members’ financial information

April 11, 2012

OGB and our partners do not ask for members’ financial information The Office of Group Benefits has learned that some OGB members have received fraudulent phone calls from someone stating they are a Medco representative and asking for the member’s banking information.

These calls are a scam to find out personal and financial information. Companies contracted by OGB do not ask for banking information from our members.

If a member encounters this situation, here are the steps you should take.

• Never give out the information requested.

• Check your caller ID to see if the call location can be identified. (For instance, if it were Medco calling, the caller ID should say “Medco” or “Medco Pharmacy.”)

• Report any suspicious phone calls to OGB.

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Report: ‘Jindal defends privatization of La. health insurance plan’

From the Advocate:

Amid controversy over plans to privatize a state workforce health insurance plan, the Jindal administration sought Monday to clarify the idea to lawmakers.

Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater said the governor is not suggesting that a “for sale” sign should be placed in front of the Office of Group Benefits.

He said the administration might offer up the agency’s book of business to a private company for a cash payment, possibly $150 million.

Some lawmakers struggled to understand the difference.

“Are you saying all of us didn’t understand you last week?” asked state Sen. Butch Gautreaux during a meeting of the Senate Retirement Committee.

“You three guys are the only ones who understand this,” he said, referring to Rainwater and two other Jindal administration officials.

The agency oversees coverage for about 250,000 state employees, retirees and their dependents, according to a page on the Division of Administration’s website.

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