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Insurance costs to rise for teachers, state employees

State official presents plan to deal with rising insurance costs. (Source: KARK-TV) State official presents plan to deal with rising insurance costs. (Source: KARK-TV)
State lawmakers learn of insurance increase for state employees (Source: KARK) State lawmakers learn of insurance increase for state employees (Source: KARK)
LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KARK) -

Teachers and other public employees in Arkansas will see smaller paychecks in the coming year.

According to KARK-TV, the state Employee Benefits Division approved a plan to increase the premiums.

During a meeting at the state capitol on Wednesday, state lawmakers expressed frustration over the increases. Under current projections, however, this is just the beginning.

According to KARK-TV, state actuaries said the premium increases are needed to account for rising insurance costs.

Lawmakers were not happy when they learned of the increase.

“Our teachers work hard,” Representative David Meeks, of Conway, told KARK. “A lot of the teachers are not getting raises this year, and we're asking them to actually take more out of their pocket to pay for an increase in insurance costs."

For more information, including how large of an increase is expected, click here.

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