After students headed home on Friday, local teachers, personnel and other public employees worked to raise awareness on the controversial changes legislators could be making to the Public Employees Insurance Agency.
These changes would base public employee premiums on total family income, which would potentially mean large premium increases for many insurees that rely on the PEIA for family or employee-
“This affects all of us,” said Cindy Smith, a local school employee. “We are not the only county doing this, this is something that is going to hurt a lot of people.”
Most recently, Governor Jim Justice has moved forward plans to freeze the premium increase for a year with a goal of including pay raises for employees when the plan goes into effect.Many of the employees who were present on Friday said they would also be attending a rally in Charleston later this month to make further make their voices heard on the topic.
“Anyone who supports not only teachers but any other public employee should contact local legislators or come to a PTO meeting,” said Olivia Gaither, a teacher at Petersburg
For more information on the PEIA issue, see page 4A of this week's Press.
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Hospital Board of Trustees approved a public press release concerning the findings of Galloway Consulting. The firm was hired last year to assess the operational and internal procedures of the hospital in an effort to improve its financial condition.
The decision to hire a consulting firm was a result of a financial analysis funded by the Grant County Commission.
The analysis was performed by Ryan Lindsay, an accountant with Gray, Griffiths and Mays.
Lindsay’s financial findings concerned the board, who then voted to bring in Galloway.
The firm was hired in December and began conducting interviews and assessing hospital procedures in January. In their January meeting, the firm gave a preliminary report of what they had observed in their time working with GMH. In this meeting, the firm had positive things to report on the hospital’s clinical care and employee performance but did not include information on the financial status of the hospital.
Russ Hedrick Center to host upcoming Naloxone training event
The Grant County Health Department and the Potomac Highlands Guild have combined efforts to create the Grant County Harm Reduction Program. More widely known as needle exchange programs, these programs strive to reduce communicable diseases associated with the sharing of injectable devices and prevent the littering of used needles.
The program will be based out of the Russ Hedrick Resource and Recovery Center in Petersburg. “When people bring in needles I will be there, set up with cards and pamphlets to hand out,” explained Wade Rohrbaugh, a recovery coach with the center.