I would like to begin by lauding your tireless efforts in ensuring that Louisiana's tax dollars are spent wisely and, specifically, your vocal advocacy for sensibly balancing the needs of our citizens with those of individuals and companies who contract with the state. Because of the credibility you've established in addressing such matters, I urge you to ensure that the money received from pharmaceutical settlements finds its way back into the healthcare services budget from which it originated and to which it belongs.
Attorney General Caldwell and DHH Secretary Kliebert acknowledge that these monies are "the result of Caldwell's office aggressively pursuing the recovery of Louisiana taxpayer's vital Medicaid dollars." One of the attorneys for the state also stated that the money "will go directly to Louisiana’s Medicaid program." By my estimate, at least $258 million of this money (from the J&J settlement) should specifically go back into the state's mental health budget.
Mr. Treasurer, please make sure that happens.