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Arkansas senator eyes special session for insurance fix

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A state senator says he'll likely ask Gov. Mike Beebe for a special legislative session to again approve changes to the cash-strapped insurance program for Arkansas public school employees.
    
Sen. Jim Hendren is chairman of a task force that's making recommendations on Arkansas' teacher insurance plan. At a meeting Wednesday, the task force approved several changes intended at preventing a large premium increase next year.
    
Lawmakers recommended dropping part-time employees from plans and excluding spouses from coverage if they have access to insurance from their own employers.
    
Last October, the Legislature met in a special session and approved using $43 million in surplus money to avoid large premium increases that would have taken effect Jan. 1, 2014.

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