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UPDATE: Dates, times and locations revealed for PEIA public meetings

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Published: Mar. 8, 2018 at 5:19 PM EST
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UPDATE: 4/30/2018:

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has announced dates and locations for 21 PEIA Task Force Public Outreach Meetings.

The public meetings will run from May 1 to June 11, and will allow teachers and the public an opportunity to express their opinions on the Public Employees Insurance Agency.

Members of the PEIA Public Outreach Subcommittee will relay this feedback to the larger PEIA Task Force, which is working to find a long-term solution to issues facing PEIA.

Here are the dates, times and locations for all PEIA Public Outreach Meetings:

May 1 Huntington — 6:30 p.m. Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center at Marshall University

May 1 Point Pleasant — 6:30 p.m. Point Pleasant High School

May 3 Parkersburg — 6:30 p.m. Parkersburg High School

May 12 Wheeling — 11 a.m. West Virginia Northern Community College

May 12 Weirton — 11 a.m. Thomas E. Millsop Community Center

May 15 Flatwoods — 6:30 p.m. Braxton County High School

May 15 Spencer — 6:30 p.m. Spencer Middle School

May 18 Springfield — 6:30 p.m. Springfield-Green Spring Elementary School

May 18 Marlinton — 6:30 p.m. Marlinton Middle School

May 19 Moorefield — 11 a.m. Moorefield National Guard Facility

May 19 Franklin — 11 a.m. Franklin Community Center

May 24 Beckley — 6:30 p.m. Tamarack Conference Center

May 24 Princeton — 6:30 p.m. Princeton Middle School

May 24 Lewisburg — 6:30 p.m. Lewisburg Elementary School

May 31 Pineville — 6:30 p.m. Pineville Middle School

May 31 Logan — 6:30 p.m. Logan High School

June 2 Elkins — 11 a.m. Phil Gainer Community Center

June 5 West Union — 6:30 p.m. Doddridge County High School

June 8 Morgantown — 6:30 p.m. West Virginia University (Location TBD)

June 9 Martinsburg — 11 a.m. Spring Mills High School

June 11 Charleston — 6:30 p.m. The State Culture Center

You can submit comments directly to the PEIA Task Force, by clicking the link in the "Related Links" section of this story.


UPDATE: 4/13/2018

While a task force continues to discuss the Public Employees Insurance Program, Gov. Jim Justice has some thoughts on what its final recommendation should look like.

We asked the governor about West Virginia's PEIA while he was in Wood County Thursday night.

The governor said the private sector should have a role in the crafting of the final plan.

"What we're going to have to do is reach out to the private sector, in a bidding situation," Justice said, "where we can truly save millions, with a variation of a different, and even better coverage, and then plow those millions right back in to ensure longevity."

The governor says the group will have to have meetings in different locations in working toward a final solution.


Updated: 4/11/2018

A month after their nine-day walkout ended, West Virginia education groups continue to watch discussions about the Public Employees Insurance program.

A task force appointed by Gov. Jim Justice held its second meeting Tuesday on ways to improve the system.

A report on its findings is due in June.

A local educator hopes the committee's discussions go beyond talks with PEIA Director Ted Cheatham.

"I'm hoping that, after they talk with Mr. Cheatham, the committee goes out and talks to other employees, other individuals across the state," says Wood County Education Association President Bruce Boston. "Find out what have the issues been, what the problems are, and address those issues beyond the funding issue; the plan management issue also needs to be addressed by this committee."

One issue Boston hopes the committee addresses is the number of health care choices available to public employees.

Aside from a pay raise, PEIA and proposed changes to the program were an issue in the teacher walkout in late February and early March.


UPDATE: 04/10/18

A task force studying health insurance for West Virginia's public employees will meet for the second time Tuesday in Charleston.

The PEIA task force, established by Gov. Jim Justice to find long-term solutions for public employees health insurance, is scheduled to meet at 2 p.m., in the West Virginia Theater at the state Culture Center.

PEIA Director Ted Cheatham will explain what PEIA is and how it functions. The meeting will be streamed on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

The task force held its first meeting March 13 at which time three subcommittees were created — public outreach, coverage and plan, and cost and revenue.

Justice emphasized the need to work quickly when he addressed the task force at its first meeting.

“I’m wanting you to find a solution,” Justice said. “I’m wanting it not to take forever.”

Justice signed a 5 percent pay raise for teachers in March to end a nine-day walkout. He and the Legislature also agreed to freeze PEIA premiums, deductibles and co-pays for the coming year and provided $29 million in supplemental funding.


UPDATE: 3/13/2018

A 29-member PEIA Task Force has begun meetings to seek funding for the insurance program that covers teachers and other public employees statewide.

Governor Jim Justice opened the first meeting of the Public Employees Insurance Agency Task Force Task Force on Tuesday at the State Capitol in Charleston.

Justice's Chief of Staff, Mike Hall, chaired the first meeting.

Three committees are being formed to review the PEIA coverage plan and its costs and revenues, and for legislative and public outreach.

Hall says the Task Force's goal is to have a report ready by December's interim legislative meetings.

The 29 members of the PEIA Task Force are:

Mike Hall, Chief of Staff for Gov. Jim Justice

Beth “Buffy” Hammers, CEO, Marshall Health

Helen Matheny, Director of Collaborative Relations and Initiatives, WVU Health Sciences Center

Lisa M. Simon, Certified Public Accountant, Wheeling

Sarita Beckett, Public Schools Teacher, Raleigh County

Dr. Sherri Young, Medicare Medical Director, Aetna Insurance

Amy Loring, Human Resources Coordinator and Director of Staffing and Employee Relations, Berkeley County Schools

Marty Becker, Chairman of the Board of Directors, QBE Insurance Group

Greg Burton, CEO Brickstreet Insurance

Andy Paterno, CEO Centurion Insurance Services

Joe Letnaunchyn, President & CEO, West Virginia Hospital Association

Rob Alsop, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, West Virginia University

Nelson Spencer, McDowell County Schools Superintendent

Perry Bryant, Executive Director, West Virginians for Affordable Healthcare

Senator Mitch Carmichael (R-Jackson)

Senator Robert Plymale (D-Cabell)

Senator Craig Blair (R-Berkeley)

Delegate Eric Nelson (R-Kanawha)

Delegate Roger Hanshaw (R-Clay)

Delegate Mick Bates (D-Raleigh)

Geoff Christian, current member PEIA Board

Christine Campbell, President, American Federation of Teachers West Virginia

Dale Lee, President, West Virginia Education Association

James “Joe” White, Executive Director, West Virginia School Service Personnel Association

Dr. Rahul Gupta, Commissioner of Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health and State Health Officer

Douglas Kirk, Division of Highways

Lieutenant Michael LaFauci, West Virginia State Police

The Honorable Jeffrey Reed, Retired Wood County Circuit Court Judge

Judy Hale, Retired Public Educator


UPDATE: 3/12/2018

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed 6 additional women to the PEIA Task Force, which will hold its first meeting on Tuesday.

The 29-member PEIA Task Force, to be chaired by Justice Administration Chief of Staff Mike Hall, will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in the Governor’s Cabinet Conference Room at the State Capitol at 2 P.M.

The Task Force will research new state funding sources for the Public Employees Insurance Agency health insurance plans provided to teachers and state workers, and recommend fixes for problems teachers have with PEIA.

The 6 new appointees to the PEIA Task Force are:

Beth “Buffy” Hammers, CEO, Marshall Health

Helen Matheny, Director of Collaborative Relations and Initiatives, WVU Health Sciences Center

Lisa M. Simon, Certified Public Accountant, Wheeling

Sarita Beckett, Public Schools Teacher, Raleigh County

Dr. Sherri Young, Medicare Medical Director, Aetna Insurance

Amy Loring, Human Resources Coordinator and Director of Staffing and Employee Relations, Berkeley County Schools


ORIGINAL STORY: 3/8/2018

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has announced the 23 members of the PEIA Task Force, which will make recommendations to fix PEIA.

The PEIA Task Force will research new state funding sources for the Public Employees Insurance Agency health insurance plans provided to teachers and state workers, and recommend fixes for problems teachers have with PEIA.

Jim Justice's Chief of Staff, Mike Hall, will chair the PEIA Task Force and has scheduled its first meeting for 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in the Governor’s Cabinet Conference Room at the State Capitol.

The 23 members of the PEIA Task Force are:

Mike Hall, Chief of Staff for Gov. Jim Justice

Marty Becker, Chairman of the Board of Directors, QBE Insurance Group

Greg Burton, CEO Brickstreet Insurance

Andy Paterno, CEO Centurion Insurance Services

Joe Letnaunchyn, President & CEO, West Virginia Hospital Association

Rob Alsop, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, West Virginia University

Nelson Spencer, McDowell County Schools Superintendent

Perry Bryant, Executive Director, West Virginians for Affordable Healthcare

Senator Mitch Carmichael (R-Jackson)

Senator Robert Plymale (D-Cabell)

Senator Craig Blair (R-Berkeley)

Delegate Eric Nelson (R-Kanawha)

Delegate Roger Hanshaw (R-Clay)

Delegate Mick Bates (D-Raleigh)

Geoff Christian, current member PEIA Board

Christine Campbell, President, American Federation of Teachers West Virginia

Dale Lee, President, West Virginia Education Association

James “Joe” White, Executive Director, West Virginia School Service Personnel Association

Dr. Rahul Gupta, Commissioner of Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health and State Health Officer

Douglas Kirk, Division of Highways

Lieutenant Michael LaFauci, West Virginia State Police

The Honorable Jeffrey Reed, Retired Wood County Circuit Court Judge

Judy Hale, Retired Public Educator