Members of a task force appointed by Gov. Jim Justice to find “a permanent solution” to the Public Employees Insurance Agency are to hold their initial meeting on Tuesday.
Let us hope their first step is to agree to find a real solution, not just a way to throw more money at the problem.Justice appointed the panel as a result of the strike by public school employees. Many said their demand to “fix PEIA” was of more concern than their stance on pay raises.
Nearly 80,000 Mountain State residents who work for state government or are retired from it rely on the PEIA for health insurance. Their anger at increasing premiums and trimmed benefits helped many of them to the picket lines. Justice and legislators mollified the strikers somewhat by pledging to use state funds to cancel premium increases that were scheduled to kick in this summer for PEIA enrollees. …
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