Robert White of Southern Arkansas University Tech was announced as the Arkansas State Employees Association’s 2014 Outstanding State Employee. He is the director of Secondary Educational Services, a department that includes a concurrent credit and dual enrollment program as well as high school services—all to better prepare high school students for college.
“We [ASEA] are excited to be able to give this award every year to a truly deserving state employee,” said ASEA Executive Director, Danny James. “Mr. White is definitely an example of an outstanding state employee.”
White, with the State of Arkansas for 40 years, is described as someone who works continuously to implement programs that better meet students’ needs and prepare them for college or employment after high school graduation.
“Robert takes a sustained interest in local youth,” said SAUT Chancellor, Corbet J. Lamkin Ph.D. “He has been, and continues to be, the inspiration for many students. He gives without any regression, without condition, but with full devotion.”
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.