West Virginia public workers protest proposed insurance premium hikes

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. 

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