Expert: Insurance tweaks save

$88 million if school staffs go on Medicaid, legislators told

Posted: April 17, 2014 at 5:21 a.m.

Sen. Jim Hendren, R-Sulphur Springs and task force chairman, said he likely will request that Gov. Mike Beebe call a special session of the Legislature to address the issue if the task force recommends eliminating coverage for employees who work fewer than 30 hours a week. Sen. Jim Hendren is shown along with Rep. Bob Ballinger (left), R-Hindsville in this file photo.

Arkansas could save about $88 million in state tax dollars next year by adopting insurance-plan options that would encourage more low wage public school employees to enroll in the state’s expanded Medicaid program, a consultant told state lawmakers on Wednesday.

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