CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH Reports) — Several hundred educators and public employees rallied on the front steps of the West Virginia Capitol Sunday afternoon.
The PEIA Promise Rally was held to remind elected officials they made a promise to public employees to fix the health insurance program.
State employees claim the health plan is not affordable and the coverage has decreased. About 200,000 employee’s use PEIA.
WVEA, AFT-West Virginia and West Virginia School Service Personnel Association (WVSSPA) organized the rally. The unions said the PEIA fix has been slow moving and while the task force has done some work, much more needs to be done.
Joe White, WVSSPA executive Director, said he thinks more can be done on the PEIA taskforce.
“I am on the task force, and I haven’t received anything for the next date for the meeting. We have to get serious about fixing PEIA, and that was the purpose of this rally, let’s get it fixed,’ White said.
In August, the PEIA Taskforce completed a report on the 21 public hearings held across the state and surveys.