No plan to shift insurance for Ark. state workers

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - While Washington state legislators consider moving some part-time government workers from state-sponsored health plans to an insurance exchange under the new health care law, Arkansas did not consider such a move in its legislative session.

Some in Washington state believe their state could save $120 million over the next two years - though costs would be shifted to the federal government.

According to figures from Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, the state had more than 57,000 employees as of Dec. 31.

And according to the state Employee Benefits Division, Arkansas provides health benefits to more than 51,000 state employees and dependents. Counting only state employees, that number is about 28,000.

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