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PEIA board approves plan with no increased out-of-pocket costs or benefit reductions

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By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The PEIA Finance Board approved a plan for the coming fiscal year without increased costs or benefit cuts for the 220,000 workers who are insured, prompting a thank you from the leader of one of West Virginia’s teachers unions.

But Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association, also urged the Public Employees Insurance Agency to continue to focus on financial stability into the future.

“I’m looking down the road. I’m looking for the future,” Lee said during the public remarks section of a Thursday afternoon meeting.

Concern over rising out-of-pocket costs for state employees was a major factor in a statewide teachers strike almost two years ago.

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