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PEIA Public Hearings PY 2022

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 2022 and to voice their concerns and comments. The Morgantown hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Mon., Nov. 16 at Erickson Alumni Center. Registration begins at 5 p.m.; you must register to speak. Details, including social distancing requirements, the hearing agenda, proposed changes and schedule may be found on the PEIA website.

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Important COVID-19 Medical and Dependent Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Information

WVU Benefits Strategy would like to share important information regarding Medical and Dependent Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). Whether or not an employee is currently enrolled in a Medical FSA or Dependent FSA through Mountaineer Flexible Benefits (FBMC), the information below pertains to all benefits-eligible employees under the special circumstances related to COVID-19.

In accordance with existing IRS guidelines, Medical and Dependent Care FSA enrollment and increasing or decreasing withholdings for the fiscal year are permissible due to the following qualifying life events:

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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. Talent and Culture has put together a list of steps that employees can take regarding identity theft reporting and mitigation.

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Reminder: Primary election day will be observed on Tuesday, June 9

As a reminder, West Virginia University and WVU Research Corporation will be closed on Tuesday, June 9, in observance of West Virginia’s 2020 primary election day.

In early April, Gov. Jim Justice signed an executive order declaring the state’s primary election day will moved to protect the public from the potential spread of COVID-19. West Virginia’s primary election day originally was scheduled for Tuesday, May 12. 

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May 12 primary election day moved to June 9

Earlier this week, Gov. Jim Justice signed an executive order declaring West Virginia’s 2020 primary election day will move to Tuesday, June 9, to protect the public from the potential spread of COVID-19. The primary election day originally was scheduled for Tuesday, May 12.

In accordance with the executive order, West Virginia University and WVU Research Corporation have adjusted their holiday schedules to observe June 9 as a University holiday.

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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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