Emily Rice Published

Cunningham Named Director Of PEIA

A view of the Public Employees Insurance Agency in Charleston.
The Public Employees Insurance Agency in Charleston.

Gov. Jim Justice announced Brian Cunningham as the new director of the state’s Public Employee Insurance Agency Wednesday.

Cunningham grew up in Ivydale, West Virginia, and graduated from Clay County High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and moved to Charleston to work with community health centers.

Most recently, he served as a consultant to the West Virginia Medicaid Managed Care program and as the Director of WV PATH.

WV PATH, or People’s Access To Help aids West Virginians in signing up for state benefits. 

Justice said he is confident in Cunningham’s appointment as director.

“Brian has spent his career working with community health centers and, and nonprofits, and he’s most recently, he was the director of the West Virginia PATH program, and a consultant to the Medicaid management or managed care program,” Justice said. “Naturally, I’m really excited to bring Brian on as our director of PEIA. It’s a big job.”

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