BATON ROUGE, La (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - Health Education Authority of Louisiana (HEAL) Executive Director Jacob Johnson is seeking Attorney General Jeff Landry's assistance in reappointing its board members.
According to Johnson, the Governor's Office forced all HEAL board members to resign on June 2. As of now, the board seats remain unfilled.
HEAL’s service area covers the entire state, provides $800 million in healthcare related funding for projects, and is governed by a nine-member board.
“I take my fiduciary responsibilities as a public official and public employee very seriously,” Johnson said. "Therefore, it is imperative that the chief legal officer of the state, Attorney General Jeff Landry, understands HEAL’s extraordinary set of circumstances, its impact on state employees, how it exposes undue harm to Louisiana’s constituency, and the business community who seek alternative financing solutions."
Applications totaling $19.6 million dollars in HEAL funding have been received for projects in New Orleans East, Lafayette, Shreveport, East Baton Rouge, Zachary, and Plaquemine. Without a board, no official business can be conducted.
According to Johnson, HEAL funding provides access to health care, health education and biosciences for the elderly, veterans, mentally ill, homeless and medically underserved communities.
The attorney general has a vested authority in rendering opinions to ensure that all governmental entities remain compliant with any and all laws authorized by the Louisiana’s Legislative branch.
In accordance, HEAL is requesting Gov. John Bel Edwards reappoint its nine-member Board of Trustees.