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PEIA board approves more than $50 million in cuts
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board members approved more than $50 million in 2017-18 plan benefits cuts for state and public school employees, many non-state public employees, and retirees on Thursday.

That includes about $28 million in benefit cuts for state and public school employees, primarily through higher deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums...


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...


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...


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...


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.