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Strategy for Medicaid cuts: Jindal aides used personal emails to circumvent records requests

ClarionLedger.com / Associated Press, December 11, 2012

Top officials in Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration used personal email accounts to craft a media strategy for imposing hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid cuts—a method of communication that can make it more difficult to track under public records laws despite Jindal's pledge to bring more transparency to state government. Emails reviewed by The Associated Press reveal that non-state government email addresses were used dozens of times by state officials to communicate last summer about a public relations offensive for making $523 million in health care cuts.