PEIA next health insurance plan ready for public comment

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board has five public meetings scheduled over the next two weeks to give state workers an opportunity to comment on the proposed 2021 health insurance plan that will begin next July.

The first meeting, a telephone town hall, is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Meetings are also scheduled to be held Wednesday in Morgantown and next week in Charleston, Beckley and Martinsburg.

The plan includes no rate increases for state workers while a phase-in of premium cuts is being offered for those who get PEIA as employees of some governmental agencies, municipalities and counties.

State Administration Secretary Allan McVey, who serves as PEIA Finance Board chairman, said PEIA had a good year in 2018-19 with claims below projections and investment earnings above projections. McVey said the current plan year is also doing well in the area of claims.