Cheatham doesn’t anticipate huge impact from CAMC termination of The Health Plan contract

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Public Employees Insurance Agency Executive Director Ted Cheatham says Charleston Area Medical Center’s decision to terminate its contract with The Health Plan won’t have a major impact on the state-run health insurance program.

“We looked at CAMC data with The Health Plan and I think less than a thousand people got admitted to the hospital at CAMC over the last 12 months,” Cheatham told MetroNews. “The people that have access to CAMC are one thing, the people who have needed to use it are another.”

CAMC and The Health Plan, headquartered in Wheeling, end their agreement at the end of the calendar year which will impact those in the private sector that have the plan but Cheatham was able to convince the two entities to continue their agreement with PEIA through the end of June 2020.