Agenda Item
Docket No. 19-1235
Advisory opinion request as to whether state employees may accept discounts offered through Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Glenn Hartline is an employee of the Flood Protection Authority-East, which is a state agency in Louisiana. A benefit of his state employment is the opportunity to purchase health insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield. Employees who become members of Blue Cross Blue Shield get access to the Blue 365 discount program, which offers discounts on various wellness-related products and services, as well as discounts from several national brands.
La. R.S. 42:1111A(1)(a) provides that no public servant shall receive anything of economic value, other than compensation and benefits from the governmental entity to which he is duly entitled, for the performance of the duties and responsibilities of his office or position.

La. R.S. 42:1115 provides that no public servant shall solicit or accept, directly or indirectly, any thing of economic value as a gift or gratuity from any person or from any officer, director, agent, or employee of such person, if such public servant knows or reasonably should know that such person has or is seeking to obtain contractual or other business or financial relationships with the public servant's agency.

Adopt the proposed advisory opinion.
Assigned Attorney: Jennifer Land
2019-1235 Draft Advisory Opinion (2)
2019-1235 Request for Opinion