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Disappointed that state employees did not receive a COLA?
Want to share your ideas about the next steps for ASEA?
Have ideas that could be beneficial to the State of Arkansas?
REGISTER FOR THE 46TH ANNUAL CONVENTION
You will have opportunities to share your views, concerns and ideas. The convention will feature a business meeting Friday morning, August 15th. This meeting will cover strategies for the 2015 Legislative Session. We will also discuss focus areas for ASEA.
Saturday morning, August 16th hear from candidates Asa Hutchinson (R) and Mike Ross (D). Find out their plans for the State of Arkansas and State Employees. Bring your questions.
State Employee Health Insurance Update
We at ASEA want to provide the most up-to-date information to our members. We have received several questions regarding the changes to the Arkansas State Employee Health Benefit Plan. Below we have provided a summary of the changes that we hope will assist you. As we learn more information, we will report it in our newspaper, on our website, Facebook page and Legislative Blog.
Spouses who are eligible for health insurance through their employer will not be able to stay on the state plan starting January 2015. Exceptions to this policy will be spouses who are on Medicare, Tri-care or are self-employed. Those participants with spousal coverage will get a letter, from EBD, asking whether or not your spouse is eligible for health insurance coverage at work. If your spouse is eligible for group coverage through their employer, their coverage on the ARBenefits Plan will be terminated at the end of the plan year. Employees whose spouse is no longer covered by the state plan will have to change their coverage during open enrollment. -more-
Bills to exclude some spouses passed House and Senate
Senate Bill 3 that included the reduction of spousal participation in the State Employee and Public School Employee plans passed 29 to 5 with one voting present. House Bill 1004 that included the reduction of spousal participation passed 90 to 5 with two voting present. See the House and Senate votes below.