CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The first two public outreach meetings of the PEIA Task Force were held Tuesday in Huntington and Point Pleasant.

The meetings, in which a total of 21 are scheduled through June 11, allow members of the public to provide feedback about proposed changes to the public employee’s insurance plan.

Tuesday’s events were held at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center at Marshall University and Point Pleasant High School.

Dale Lee

West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee was at the meeting in Point Pleasant, which he said around 65 people attended.

“People were there to speak their mind, and that was the purpose,” he said. “We’re supposed to listen to find out the problems and what the teachers, service personnel and retirees consider a fix, and take those concerns to the full task force.”

Concerns Lee mentioned as the most discussed were health care costs in border counties, funding sources and the price of prescription drugs.

Lee explained how one attendee described needing health care treatment while in Ohio.

“She was shopping in Walmart across the river,” he said. “The rescue squad would take her to the closest place, which would be in Ohio and then she would save additional costs. Those are the type of issues that really need to be addressed.”

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday in Parkersburg at Parkersburg High School beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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