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West Virginia Gov. Justice proposes additional PEIA premium reductions


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West Virginia Governor Jim Justice gives his second State of the State Address in the House Chambers of the West Virginia Capitol Wednesday in Charleston. (Register-Herald Chris Jackson)

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Gov. Jim Justice proposed for Public Employee’s Insurance Agency to change its policy and reduce premiums for families who have dual state incomes, including teachers.

Justice said in a Thursday press release that the PEIA finance board will conduct public hearings Feb. 12, in Charleston, Feb. 13, in Morgantown, and Feb. 14 in Beckley. The finance board will then meet on Feb. 20 to consider action on the proposal.

Families with more than one state employee will take their combined state income and divide it in half. This pertains particularly to 5,120 state employees. The result would be a tier reclassification and premium reduction for those families.

House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, issued a statement applauding Justice’s announcement that he’s asked PEIA’s finance board to begin planning hearings.

“We have heard loudly and clearly from our teachers and state employees that they are worried about the effects of these proposed PEIA changes, and have been actively exploring ways to offset costs,” Armstead said in the statement.

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