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PEIA Public Hearings PY 2024

The Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) is holding annual public hearings during the month of November in multiple locations around the state. These hearings allow the public to learn more about PEIA’s proposed changes for Plan Year 2024; and to voice their concerns and comments.The Morgantown hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 17 at the Holiday Inn on Pineview Drive. Registration begins at 5 p.m. 

If you can't attend the hearing in person, please submit your comments to the PEIA Finance Board in writing to PEIAComments@wv.gov

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PEIA UMR Portal Access Change

Employees enrolled in PEIA health plans should note that PEIA’s claims administrator UMR is transitioning its portal secure login process to HealthSafe ID to stay up-to-date with the latest security protocols and user experience. A cloud-based platform, HealthSafe ID enables a secure, single sign-on with multi-factor authentication, high levels of Protected Health Information (PHI) and HIPAA security, consumer alerts, and notifications.

Beginning today, August 19, members will no longer be able to use their existing login credentials on the UMR website (this change DOES NOT affect PEIA's Manage My Benefits login, only a member's UMR login) and will either need to:

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WVU to Close Friday, June 18, in observance of Juneteenth

West Virginia University, including the WVU Research Corp., will close Friday, June 18, following a Presidential Proclamation and separate declaration issued by Gov. Jim Justice proclaiming a state holiday in recognition of Juneteenth.

Juneteenth, which is held on June 19 each year, celebrates the ending of slavery in the U.S. This year, June 19 falls on a Saturday. As a result, Friday, June 18, will be recognized as a full-day holiday for all public employees of the state.

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Information for Employees on Fraudulent Unemployment Claims

West Virginia University has been made aware that some faculty and staff may be victims of a fraudulent unemployment claims. This issue is not related to anything that has happened at the University — WVU's Information Security team has done multiple checks and continues to monitor our systems, and there is no evidence of any data breaches on the University's systems. However, there are several cases of identity theft leading to fraudulent unemployment claims occurring across the state and throughout the U.S.

Most recently, WVU was informed that some employees have received Key Bank debit cards, which may be tied to a fraudulent Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claim made on behalf of the employee. If you received one of these debit cards in the mail, please do not activate the card and destroy it immediately. 

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PEIA Reminder: Divorce must be reported immediately

All state employee PEIA or Health Plan policyholders should be advised that the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) is conducting an ongoing dependent eligibility audit. 

In September of 2015 the Social Security Administration released their marriage and divorce records to PEIA. PEIA is comparing those records to their records, court records, and information from the Bureau for Vital Statistics. 

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Holiday Event Guidelines for Supervisors

With the holiday season upon us, the Division of Talent and Culture wanted to take a moment to remind supervisors of West Virginia University’s guidelines for hosting employee holiday events.

The following guidelines are provided to supervisors for handling the basic structure related to employee holiday events in compliance with the West Virginia Ethics Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act, while also providing activities for employees that keep the holiday spirit alive.

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Annual 403(b) Universal Availability Notice

West Virginia University (the "University") is a participating employer of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education 403(b) Tax Deferred Retirement Savings Plan (the "Plan"). All employees of the University, including employees not eligible for benefits, can voluntarily elect to defer a portion of their wages to the Plan for retirement savings.

Visit the 403(b) Availability page for complete information. 

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