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    Special session called to fix teacher insurance problem

    6:00 PM, Oct 17, 2013   |    comments
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Governor Mike Beebe is moving forward on getting a legislation passed to cut teacher health insurance costs.

    A special session has been called in order to fix the current teacher insurance problem. If the issue is not addressed, teachers could be paying double their normal premiums.

    Macy spoke with Gov. Beebe after he decided to call a special session for this issue. He said that this would affect thousands in Arkansas.

    Doubled premiums can mean less coverage for teachers. Macy spoke with Alicia Bailey, a math teacher at Fuller Middle School. She said that she is covered by the public school employee healthcare plan but considered downgrading her plan when she learned of the rate increase.

    There are five bills on the table including the use of $43 million of surplus money to fund these premiums and the creation of a task force to ensure the future of this program.

    The assembly must spend a minimum of three days discussing the legislation and the special session will begin at 3 p.m. on Thursday. The increases have nothing to do with the National Affordable Healthcare Plan, the rates would have risen regardless.

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