If a Medicaid employees greet you from now on with a nod and a smile but refuse to talk, they're not being rude. They're afraid for their jobs.
Over the last six weeks employees with the state Medicaid office have received a series of gag orders from Medicaid director Carol Steckel and managers.
The most recent came from Steckel, who wrote in an email Thursday that Medicaid staff should stop talking to legislative staff.
This appears to be a repeated order, since the subject on the email is "One more time."
"Please make sure EVERYONE in your area knows that any and ALL questions posed by anyone in the legislative body (policy and fiscal), including former employees, should be routed through (1) Rocky Thompson if it is legislative in nature and/or (2) Rick Friedman if it is budget/finance related.
"The next time someone responds inappropriately there will be significant personnel actions taken for both the supervisor and the person not complying with this policy."