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W.Va. Public Workers Could See Health Benefit Cuts


  Workers covered by the Public Employees Insurance Agency could see reductions in their benefits next year.

The Public Employees Insurance Agency has proposed $40 million in benefits cuts. PEIA executive director Ted Cheatham tells the Charleston Daily Mail that comments gathered during public hearings show workers aren’t happy with the changes.

Cheatham says the PEIA’s finance board will consider the public comments when it finalizes the plan on Dec. 4. The changes would go into effect July 1, 2015.

Cheatham says the reductions are necessary because the agency has spent its active reserves to prevent premium increases. The reserves are exhausted.