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PEIA protesters

Protesters rally in the West Virginia state Capitol building to oppose cuts to PEIA in during the 2016 legislative session.

West Virginia government and public school employees covered by Public Employees Insurance Agency health insurance can anticipate one-half percent across-the-board premium increases — with more substantial hikes for many employees — along with changes in pharmaceutical coverage, under a proposed 2018-19 benefits plan.

However, the plan proposes some significant fundamental changes to PEIA, including shrinking the 10 salary-based premium tiers to three tiers, and including the spouse’s income to determine premium tier, if the spouse is covered by PEIA.

Reach Phil Kabler at philk@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-1220 or follow @PhilKabler on Twitter.

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