West Virginia task force meets on insurance funding solution

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A task force has kicked off meetings to seek a long-term funding solution to an insurance program for West Virginia teachers and other public employees.

Gov. Jim Justice opened the first meeting of the Public Employees Insurance Agency task force Tuesday at the state Capitol in Charleston.

The meeting occurred nearly a week after Justice signed a 5 percent pay raise for teachers to end their nine-day strike.

Justice and the Legislature agreed to freeze PEIA premiums, deductibles and co-pays for the coming year and provided $29 million in supplemental funding.

Justice Chief of Staff Mike Hall chaired the first meeting. Three committees are being formed to review the coverage plan, its costs and revenues, and for legislative and public outreach.

Hall says the goal is to have a report ready by December's interim legislative meetings.

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