UPDATE: Gov. Justice to add 6 more women to PEIA Task Force

Governor Jim Justice announced Friday that he will be adding six additional women to the PEIA Task Force.

In a statement, Justice said:

“After hearing additional input today from the Legislature, I will be amending my Executive Order concerning the formation of the PEIA Task Force to increase the number of members from 23 to 29 and I will be adding six additional women to the group. Those appointments will be made on Monday.”

Governor Jim Justice has announced the members of a task force set up to research and make recommendations to "fix" the state's Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA).

The members of the task force are:

•Marty Becker, Chairman of the Board of Directors, QBE Insurance Group
•Greg Burton, CEO Brickstreet Insurance
•Andy Paterno, CEO Centurion Insurance Services
•Joe Letnaunchyn, President & CEO, West Virginia Hospital Association
•Rob Alsop, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, West Virginia University
•Nelson Spencer, McDowell County Schools Superintendent
•Perry Bryant, Executive Director, West Virginians for Affordable Healthcare
•Senator Mitch Carmichael (R-Jackson)
•Senator Robert Plymale (D-Cabell)
•Senator Craig Blair (R-Berkeley)
•Delegate Eric Nelson (R-Kanawha)
•Delegate Roger Hanshaw (R-Clay)
•Delegate Mick Bates (D-Raleigh)
•Geoff Christian, current member PEIA Board
•Christine Campbell, President, American Federation of Teachers West Virginia
•Dale Lee, President, West Virginia Education Association
•James “Joe” White, Executive Director, West Virginia School Service Personnel Association
•Dr. Rahul Gupta, Commissioner of Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health and State Health Officer
•Douglas Kirk, Division of Highways
•Lieutenant Michael LaFauci, West Virginia State Police
•The Honorable Jeffrey Reed, Retired Wood County Circuit Court Judge
•Judy Hale, Retired Public Educator

The task force was announced during a nearly two-week statewide teacher and school service personnel walkout. A restructuring of PEIA premiums was a main reason stated for the walkout.

Justice's Chief of Staff Mike Hall will chair the task force and has scheduled its first meeting for March 13 at the Capitol.