Justice: Funding for state workers’ insurance won’t change

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says there will be no change in state funding for the state employees’ public insurance plan next year in a letter to the agency’s director.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Justice said in the letter that state funding next year will total $575 million, which is unchanged from this year. The letter is required by law to be sent by Oct. 15 so the PEIA Finance Board can develop a benefits plan.

Justice pledged on Oct. 2 to put $100 million toward the insurance plan. Justice’s chief of staff Mike Hall said in a statement that the additional funding isn’t included because the governor has made a proposal, but it must be approved by the legislature. Hall said the intent of the $100 million is to create a PEIA stability fund separate from the general fund.

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