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Lawmakers Crafting Short-Term Solution to Teacher's Insurance Crisis

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Plans for a short-term solution to the teacher's insurance crisis in Arkansas may be starting to take shape.

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Plans for a short-term solution to the teacher's insurance crisis in Arkansas may be starting to take shape.

In a lengthy closed-door meeting Tuesday, Gov. Mike Beebe and a handful of lawmakers agreed on a proposal that would send $43 million in surplus funds to the health insurance plan for Arkansas public school employees, who currently face a 50 percent hike in premiums starting Jan. 1.

That $43 million plan is only a proposal and would still be subject to a vote in the legislature.

Lawmakers are also working to find a long-term fix to the problem.
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