Charleston, WV (WOAY) – The state agency managing health insurance for government employees is facing pushback over proposed premium increases.
The West Virginia Public Health Insurance Agency is proposing a premium hike that would amount to a 35% increase in two years for state workers.
The proposal comes five years after public school employees went on strike over rising healthcare costs.
With the state insurance agency facing a $376 million budget deficit earlier this year, state lawmakers raised employee premiums by nearly 25% this fiscal year.
Under next year’s proposal, premiums would increase an additional 10.5%.
The Public Employees Insurance Agency finance board is expected to vote on the plan in December.