Gov. Jim Justice promised to adjust the salary tiers for the Public Employees Insurance Agency so state workers who just received raises won’t lose the extra money by being bumped into a higher insurance bracket.
PEIA’s plan for the coming fiscal year was frozen after teachers went on a statewide strike over complaints that insurance costs were going up faster than their pay could absorb.
Justice promised long-term results on stabilizing PEIA costs.
By asking the PEIA Finance Board to increase the tiers by $2,700 —Gov. Justice hopes to move 14,000 state workers who would have been bumped up into a higher-priced insurance tier based on their salary increases.
The PEIA Task Force could take action when it meets Thursday.