- Associated Press - Monday, June 30, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas lawmakers have advanced proposals to shore up health insurance for public school employees.

House and Senate Insurance and Commerce committees endorsed identical proposals during the first day of the Legislature’s special session on Monday.

The chambers are expected to vote on the measures Tuesday afternoon.

Thousands of teachers and public school employees are set to face a 35 percent insurance premium increase this fall.

During the Senate meeting, Democratic Sen. Joyce Elliott, of Little Rock, expressed concern about costs and eligibility requirements. She was the one dissenting vote on one of the bills.

The measures would make numerous part-time employees ineligible for the coverage.

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