By: Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail
In a holding pattern while waiting for recommendations from the PEIA Task Force, the PEIA Finance Board on Wednesday announced that it is canceling the board’s Nov. 15 meeting, and pushing a series of statewide public hearings on its proposed 2019-20 benefits plan back to mid-December.
The meeting and public hearings have been delayed on the apparent expectation that the PEIA Task Force, created by Gov. Jim Justice in February to find a “fix, not a freeze” for the public employee health insurance program, will push right up to a Dec. 11 deadline to submit its recommendations.
“I think they’re just waiting so the public can comment on it,” Administration spokeswoman Samantha Knapp said of the announcement.