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December-02-2016

PEIA proposal includes 90-day fills for maintenance drugs
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State and public school workers will now be required to get 90-day fills for prescriptions they take for high blood pressure and other chronic conditions in a plan passed by the state Public Insurance Agency Finance Board Thursday.

The prescription change is part of next fiscal year’s health insurance plan. It’s expected to save about $11 million a...

December-01-2016

PEIA Finance Board approves burdensome FY 2018 proposal
By WVEA Communications Staff

The PEIA Finance Board approved a Fiscal Year 2018 plan Thursday, Dec. 1, that tweaked the proposal sent out to public hearings in November, but still puts far too much burden for rising health-care costs on active employees, retirees and their families. 

The total plan savings – by way of benefit cuts – will be about $55 million.

Active employees with PEIA Plans A, B, and D...

December-01-2016

Nicholas County lost more than one-fourth of students since '90
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

SUMMERSVILLE — Nicholas County Schools’ superintendent didn’t recommend Wednesday evening whether the local school board should consolidate two Richwood schools with Summersville Middle, as some in Richwood fear.
“We’re not there yet,” Superintendent Donna Burge-Tetrick said.

She said she’ll continue to collect and provide more data to the...

November-29-2016

Counties to lose varying amounts to deal with budget cuts
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s latest mid-year budget cut means Kanawha County’s public school system is slated to lose roughly $1.1 million.

That’s according to the West Virginia Department of Education’s response to the state Budget Office regarding how it would disburse Tomblin’s $11.1 million ordered cut among the 55 county public school systems.

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November-28-2016

Congratulations, West Virginia. You have joined the 17 states that label schools with an A-F grade.
Gazette editorial – Charleston Gazette-Mail

What have we learned?

Surprise, surprise, the grades track reliably with area household income and everything that comes with it — greater stability at home, opportunity, better health, security.

The F school we know best is Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary in Charleston.

Families served by that...

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