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January-02-2019

by The Hechinger Report

HEMPHILL — Johnathan Snead, 15, is flitting in and out of a white, vinyl-sided prefab shed that’s been converted into a bedroom. The bed dominates the room, and a crooked “home sweet home” plaque hangs on the wall.

A lone window allows in little light. Each time a door opens, cigarette smoke drifts in from the mobile home his family shares next door.

As Johnathan plays on...

December-21-2018

By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board members delivered an early Christmas gift to teachers, school service personnel and public employees, approving a 2019-20 benefits plan featuring no premium increases or cuts in benefits.

However, they did roll back a proposal to eliminate financial penalties for insurees who seek care from out-of-state providers to apply only to counties bordering West Virginia.

That was after West...

December-21-2018

By Brad McElhinny

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The PEIA Finance Board officially accepted several proposals from Gov. Jim Justice, including one meant to provide more flexibility for across-the-border medical care.

The board that oversees the Public Employees Insurance Agency voted Thursday afternoon to approve a financial plan for the coming fiscal year.

Discontent over proposed premium increases last year was a major factor that led to a nine-day walkout by...

December-20-2018

We are disappointed that the PEIA Finance Board decided to approve the Governor’s plan recommendations instead of those put forth by the PEIA Task Force. This means participants will receive the 80/20 rate at facilities in bordering counties only.

Allowing plan participants to go to any in-network facility at the 80/20 rate would have leveled the playing field for all. Instead, some participants will be required to continue traveling long hours and pay a higher price in order to...

December-20-2018

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — New House of Delegates Finance Committee Chairman Eric Householder says he’s more interested in tax cuts than any tax increases.

 “My vision is that we should be giving tax cuts right now. Currently we have a surplus and I think the moral thing to do is give the money back to the taxpayers,” Householder, R-Berkeley, said Thursday during an appearance on MetroNews “Talkline.”

Householder, who was recently...

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