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    Ark. to delay signup for teacher insurance

    4:47 PM, Sep 23, 2013   |    comments
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    Little Rock, Ark.(KTHV) - Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe said the state is delaying signup for teachers' health insurance by a month as he and lawmakers look at a possible solution to alleviate premium increases that are to take effect next year.

    "The numbers that came out, it wasn't EBD (Employee Benefits Division) trying to be mean to folks. They were real numbers ... It's private enterprise at work, said Governor Beebe.

    Beebe says open enrollment for teacher insurance plans will be delayed from October 1 to November 1 as he considers calling a special session to look at a short-term infusion of money to the insurance program, along with long-term reforms that would help avoid similar hikes in the future.

    Beebe announced the delay after meeting with groups of superintendents and lawmakers. Beebe said lawmakers are looking at options that include increased funding and changes to the insurance benefits.

    "I was very pleased with both the amounts of the superintendents here and the participation that was here and their attitude about trying to find a solution," said Governor Beebe.

    Beebe said it is too early to say whether he will call for a special session.

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