Diabetes suffers are completely neglected in the proposed plan, Nelson Fowler, president of West Virginia Public Employees Retirement System Association, said.
"Me and my wife got a good discount for our diabetes medication and then one day it just stopped," Fowler said.
The proposed plan discontinues waiving co-payment for non-preferred diabetes medications.
Cheatham said the hearing was recorded and would be reviewed for future use.
The Finance Board will vote on next year's plan on Dec. 6, and the changes will take effect July 1.
Also during the hearing, Cheatham said PEIA would update its records relating to tobacco use of its members.
Beginning April 2013, every member would be switched to a tobacco user on PEIA's records. Non-smoking members would then fill out information to change that in the system. Cheatham said the process gives PEIA a more accurate look at its smoking members.
The Finance Board is chaired by Ross Taylor and has eight members: James W. Dailey II, Troy Giatras, Elaine Harris, William Ihlenfeld, Bill Milam, John R. Ruddick, Michael T. Smith and Joshua Sword.
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