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Venues Set for West Virginia Insurance Funding Hearings

Teachers John and Kerry Guerini of Fayetteville, West Virginia, hold signs at a rally at the state Capitol in Charleston, W.Va., Monday, Feb. 26, 2018.

Gov. Jim Justice has announced the venues for hearings on an insurance program for West Virginia teachers and other public employees.

Justice said Monday there will be 21 public hearings statewide, starting Tuesday night at Point Pleasant High School and Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Another hearing will be Thursday night at Parkersburg High School.

The final hearing will be June 11 at the state Culture Center in Charleston.

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

Justice also signed a 5 percent pay raise for teachers to end their nine-day strike in March.