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By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

October 16, 2020

The Public Employees Insurance Agency says it will not raise rates or cut benefits for the coming year’s plan.

“No changes to premium, no changes to benefits for any of the populations we serve,” PEIA Director Ted Cheatham said today.

Increased out-of-pocket costs were a major factor in a statewide teachers strike two years ago, resulting in the formation of a PEIA Task Force to make...


By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

October 15, 2020

PEIA is preparing to re-bid a Medicare prescription drug contract that covers about 50,000 people, a development that the agency’s director calls due diligence but that is activating alarm bells among labor organizations.

The contract winner could be named early next year, with the provider taking over Jan. 1, 2022.

This change comes as people are particularly attuned to their healthcare needs...


By Lucas Manfield and Amelia Ferrell Knisely, Mountain State Spotlight

October 9, 2020
Facing criticism from all sides – as befuddled parents, teachers and ...


By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

October 8, 2020

Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday backed healthy West Virginians “flooding” COVID-19 testing sites, saying it shows people want public schools open.

“There’s nothing wrong with people flooding a testing site because they want to go back to school,” Justice said, when asked about reports of organized efforts to flood testing sites with people, who know they are negative, to lower county positivity rates...


Charleston Gazette-Mail

Math and science were never my strong suits. I did not really master basic math concepts until I took a course in new math for elementary school teachers to fulfill a core requirement for my undergraduate degree.

I discovered much later in life that I have a strong memory for visuals and feelings. This gift may be why I did OK in high school geometry and ended up with a career in social work.

I struggled to learn the mechanics of ratios...