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Justice makes PEIA task force appointments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The new task force formed to tackle the challenges of the state Public Employees Insurance Agency will meet for the first time March 13, a news release from the office of Gov. Jim Justice said.

Justice formed the task force in an executive order earlier this week as part of a promise to striking teachers and school service personnel to find a permanent funding fix for PEIA.

READ Executive order here

According to the executive order, Justice can appoint up to 12 of the 23-member committee including three full-time state workers, two retired state workers and seven members “having particular knowledge and expertise of the insurance industry and business.”

In the Friday evening news release, the governor said he had wrapped up his appointments but no names were given. The release said the names of the remaining members of the task force, to be chosen by the education workers unions and the legislature, are to be on his desk Monday.

Justice administration Chief of Staff Mike Hall will chair the task force.





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