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Beebe calls special session on teacher insurance

By Michael R. Wickline

This article was published October 16, 2013 at 10:04 a.m.

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Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe comments on effects the federal government shutdown is having on some state employees during a news conference in Little Rock on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.

Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday that he's going to call special session starting Thursday at 3 p.m. to fix the financially plagued public school employees' health insurance plan. He said he plans to issue a formal proclamation later in the day.

Beebe said he has been advised that Senate leaders have secured 29 votes for legislation to appropriate $43 million in surplus funds to the plan to cut the planned 50 percent premium increase to 10 percent, starting Jan. 1.

Approval of the legislation in the Senate requires 27 votes, he said.

House leaders already had secured the 77 votes for the legislation, and that's two more than needed, he said.

Read more in Thursday's The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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Pacorabone says... October 16, 2013 at 10:28 a.m.

Wait a minute... Why call a special session and go through this rig a ma roll.. Isn't obamacare the solution to all our health care problems?? Aren't premiums going down $2500 per year??? What gives here?? And by the way... Who woke up the Gov?

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SRBROTHERINLAW says... October 16, 2013 at 10:49 a.m.

Great another give away program. Aren't we being taxed enough?
Go on O-Bummer care it's what you liberals wanted.

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mrowe says... October 16, 2013 at 11:19 a.m.

The first two comments show an utter lack of knowledge about this situation. It has NOTHING to do with Obamacare.

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onlyGodmatters says... October 16, 2013 at 11:35 a.m.

Mrowe, save your breath dear. They understand. You are absolutely right. The teacher insurance issue has nothing to do with the affordable care act. Even though I can't afford my deductible and co-insurance, I have coverage, so I, like teachers, don't qualify for coverage under the affordable care act. The first two commenters are just siding with those who are sour because our president is fixing problems that his predecessors created. As long as Caucasian presidents were spending billions on wars, searching for nonexistent weapons of mass destruction, and raising the debt ceiling, it was not a problem. I say we need to enact a law that whenever government officials create situations that require federal workers to be furloughed, they should also be required to be furloughed until the situation is resolved. There are lots of people at work, yet not getting paid. If the legislators had to work to resolve the issue without getting paid, it would have been resolved before the end of the fiscal year (September 30, 2013).

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Pearl1988 says... October 16, 2013 at 11:37 a.m.

It has everything to do with Obama Care! My insurance premiums have gone up 60 % in the last 2 yrs. Whose gonna help me pay for mine? Nobody! I'm told having to insure kids til they're 26 is one cause for the rate hikes. And from what I understand the young people are who's gonna get our rates down, but how so if we're having to pay their premiums until they're 26??? People, don't you know by now, anytime the government gets involved the middle incomes are going to pay more?? Wake up America & keep the government out of our business!

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Vickie55 says... October 16, 2013 at 11:56 a.m.

The ACA does not fix this because Arkansas teachers don't have any choice about their health insurance if they want to take advantage of the employer contribution or if they want to continue to be covered after retirement. They are locked in to a self-funded insurance model that can't take care of business.

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tryin2figureitout says... October 16, 2013 at 12:45 p.m.

Let's see, we are going to give the same incompetent's who came up with this system 43,000,000 more dollars so they can waste it also. Get rid of the problem and fix it. Get the government out of constantly thinking they can do things better than private industry and more times than not messing it up. Money is not the fix - a new way of handling the insurance is. I pay a about 700 per month for great insurance and the teachers costs over 1800 a month. Of course I have an insurance company providing my coverage instead of a bureacratic govenrment sponsered disaster. Come on people, call your representatives and senators and tell them to fix this and not pour money into a broke system. And for sure, get rid of whomever is running this program. Just sayin'!

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Pearl1988 says... October 16, 2013 at 1:02 p.m.

Teachers continuing to be covered after retirement? I thought that's what Medicsre is for! My insurance doesn't cover me after retirement so why should I have to pay for the teachers & politicians to get these hefty retirement benefits?

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FreeSpiritMan says... October 16, 2013 at 1:18 p.m.

mrowe......... ignorance is as ignorance does, they just do not know any better. They will always be this way as long as they stay conservative.

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