Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is coming under fire for his proposal to merge the Governor's Office on Elderly Affairs with the Department of Health and Hospitals. The plan was unveiled as part of a round of budget hearings and has drawn criticism from some senior groups, which say the move could cut budgets or services.
Kathy Kliebert of the Department of Health and Hospitals told Fox 33 in a phone interview that there are no plans to change budgets for the next fiscal year. "The entire purpose is figuring out ways to meet that growing demand and for our senior citizens in the future," she said.
However, Tamara Crane, Executive Director of the Bossier Council on Aging, says no promises have been made beyond 2013. "That's a lot of things we're not getting and a lot of answers. What happens after fiscal year '13, and that's where so many of us are, what is that uncharted water?" she said.
The proposal will have to be approved by the legislature before its implementation.