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Arkansas lawmakers approve contract in attempt to lower insurance costs

Arkansas lawmakers and officials from the Employee Benefits Division are revisiting the state’s health insurance plan for retired employees and public school employees. A contract negotiated between the Employee Benefits Division and United Healthcare was approved Wednesday by a legislative subcommittee that oversees the division. Jake Bleed, director of the Employee Benefits Division, said United

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State draws protest over Medicare deal

Benistar Administrative Services has filed a protest over the state’s Employees Benefits Division’s award of a state contract to provide group Medicare Advantage with prescription drug coverage to eligible retirees in the state’s health insurance plans for public school and state employees to United Healthcare Insurance Co. Benistar’s filing of the protest led the Arkansas

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State Education Department chief adopts new Pine Bluff School District lines

The state secretary of education adopted a drawing of zoning lines for the Pine Bluff School District. Secretary Johnny Key selected a scenario that was devised after the Arkansas Geographic Information Systems presented three possible drawings to district residents in April at Dollarway High School. District residents then reviewed and voted on the scenarios, with

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Arkansas Prepping For Any Potential Cyber Attack

by Will Moclair, KNWA/Fox 24 March 22, 2022 “It’s really all about a team of a lot of people doing everything they can to make sure we’re protected,” says Jonathan Askins, chief technology officer for the Natural State.  President Joe Biden recently announced a cyber attack from Russia could be coming. A cyber security agent

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Checks losing raise for some state workers; 1,350 in executive branch to get lump sums in June

About 1,350 of Arkansas’ approximately 22,500 executive branch employees will get a temporary 2% cost-of-living adjustment in their paychecks today, but their next paycheck March 11 won’t include the adjustment, state officials said Thursday. These employees will instead receive lump sum payments totaling $1.4 million on June 17, because state law requires that any employee

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Update to Legislative Review Schedule

The Arkansas State Legislature will convene for the 2022 Fiscal Session on Monday, February 14th. The ALC Review subcommittee will not be meeting during the session. However, PEER and Review will have a combined committee to meet and report to the Joint Budget Committee (JBC).  JBC-PEER Review committee will meet on Wednesday, February 23rd at

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