State Legislators recommend PEIA maintains current premium structure for a year

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV) -- According to a statement by West Virginia House Speaker Tim Armstead, House leaders, the Republican caucus and Governor Justice are recommending that the Finance Board of the Public Employees Insurance Agency keep the current premium structure for the next fiscal year.

“We have heard loudly and clearly from our constituents that they were concerned with the looming changes to PEIA,” Armstead stated. “This action will provide lawmakers and officials an extra year to provide input and work toward a more equitable plan that best serves our teachers and state employees, as well as the taxpayers.”

Current PEIA premiums are structured based on an employee’s ability to pay, which is typically determined by an individual employee’s income. This year, the PEIA Finance Board proposed using the total family income to determine family premium rates.

You can read Armstead's full statement below.


“I’m grateful that Governor Justice and administration officials have agreed to ask the Finance Board to forego any changes to the PEIA premium structure for the coming year."

“We have heard loudly and clearly from our constituents that they were concerned with the looming changes to PEIA."

“This action will provide lawmakers and officials an extra year to provide input and work toward a more equitable plan that best serves our teachers and state employees, as well as the taxpayers.”

“While we understand the PEIA Finance Board’s overall goal of including total family income was to make this determination more fair, we have been deeply concerned that the change may have some unintended consequences, particularly for families that have both spouses working for the state.”

“By delaying the move to this system, lawmakers, PEIA officials and enrollees will be able to offer more input and consider all options over the coming year to ensure a fair premium structure for PEIA."

“In the meantime, we are also committed to passing a pay raise package for our teachers, corrections officers, State Police and state employees as a whole that will give them the best pay our resources will allow."