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MORGANTOWN, WV (AP) — West Virginia University's Faculty Senate says the school should be allowed to look at other health insurance options for its employees.

The state-run Public Employees Insurance Agency currently provides coverage for WVU employees.

The Dominion Post reports that the Faculty Senate endorsed a letter on Monday that asks state lawmakers to allow the university to explore a private benefits provider and choose the best option.

A PEIA spokeswoman, Diane Holley-Brown, says the agency's Finance Board lowered employer and employee premiums for three of its health care plans, effective July 1. She says the goal is to make the plans affordable and beneficial to all of the PEIA's members.

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