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Teacher Insurance Task Force Meets For 1st Time

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Arkansas teachers are avoiding huge health insurance increases starting next year.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Arkansas teachers are avoiding huge health insurance increases starting next year.

That's because the legislature stepped in earlier this fall.    

Now lawmakers say they want to avoid the same teacher insurance crisis from ever happening again.

The first task force designed to look at the problems with the health plan and come up with longterm solution met Tuesday at the State Capitol.

"Are there better ways to administer health benefits for a significant number of Arkansans? The truth is the answer is 'Yes,' because the teachers and state employees plan is the largest self-insured, self-funded plan in the state of Arkansas," Senator David Sanders said.

The Teacher Insurance Task Force will come up with a report next summer in order for the legislature to take action in the next regular session in 2015.
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