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Arkansas teacher's health care costs to rise

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Most Arkansas public school teachers are looking at a 50 percent increase in what they pay for health insurance but the governor says some of the price hike could be offset.

A state board on Tuesday voted to increase monthly premiums from $227 for the popular gold plan to $336 for an individual.

Monthly premium for family coverage under the plan will grow to about $1,500, from about $1,000 this year.

The hikes are necessary to close a $50 million funding gap. The plans cover 83,000 people, including 47,000 teachers, school staff and their families.

A spokesman for Gov. Mike Beebe says the governor will ask legislators to approve use of state money to reduce the amount of the increase.

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