health insurance http://delmarvapublicradio.net en Health Insurance Costs Expected to Rise in Delaware http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/health-insurance-costs-expected-rise-delaware <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delawareans could face higher insurance costs under the Affordable Care Act next year under new rate requests from insurers.</p><p>Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is seeking average premium increases of 5 percent for individuals who bought insurance through Delaware's exchange. Exact premium changes will depend on factors including which plan is selected. Highmark says its premium increase reflects an aging population, prevalence of chronic illnesses and higher costs for new medicines and procedures.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:51:32 +0000 Don Rush 57851 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Health Insurance Costs Expected to Rise in Delaware Delaware GOP Backs Background Checks for Obamacare Helpers http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-gop-backs-background-checks-obamacare-helpers <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Republican lawmakers in several states including Delaware continue to push for tighter oversight of workers who help people apply for health care insurance under the Affordable Care Act, even though there's no sign yet that enrollment assistants have misused consumers' personal information.</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 12:17:14 +0000 Don Rush 54880 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware GOP Backs Background Checks for Obamacare Helpers United Healthcare Entities Sued by Children's Hospital in Delaware http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/united-healthcare-entities-sued-childrens-hospital-delaware <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - The foundation that owns the Alfred I. du Pont Hospital for Children in Delaware and various pediatric physician practices in the region is suing United Healthcare entities in three states for unpaid bills.</p><p>Lawyers for the Nemours Foundation filed lawsuits in federal court in Delaware on Wednesday against United Healthcare of Pennsylvania, United Healthcare of the Mid-Atlantic, and United Healthcare Community Plan of New Jersey.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:25:53 +0000 Don Rush 52403 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net United Healthcare Entities Sued by Children's Hospital in Delaware Delaware Set to Release Latest ACA Numbers http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-set-release-latest-aca-numbers <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are set to provide an update on enrollment in the state's new health insurance exchange.</p><p>Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf planned to update the Delaware Health Care Commission on Thursday on the state's implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act.</p><p>Officials also planned to provide an update on the marketing campaign aimed at encouraging people to enroll in the exchange before the March 31 deadline.</p><p>Officials last month said 1,145 people had enrolled in the exchange and paid their first premiums.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 14:15:52 +0000 Don Rush 48865 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware Set to Release Latest ACA Numbers MD Stop Gap Health Insurance Plan Set for Final Vote http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/md-stop-gap-health-insurance-plan-set-final-vote <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A final vote is near on a measure to help people who could not enroll in a private health plan on Maryland's health exchange website due to computer problems last year.</p><p>The Senate, which already approved a version of the bill, could take up final passage as soon as Wednesday on the bill that has some changes made by the House of Delegates.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:56:07 +0000 Don Rush 48404 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net MD Stop Gap Health Insurance Plan Set for Final Vote Stop Gap Health Insurance Bill Advances in MD Senate http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/stop-gap-health-insurance-bill-advances-md-senate <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has advanced a measure to provide insurance for people who were unable to enroll in the state's health exchange website due to computer problems.</p><p>The Senate voted 36-8 late Monday to adopt a favorable report on the measure. That sets the stage for a vote Tuesday to send the bill to the House.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:23:51 +0000 Don Rush 47981 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Stop Gap Health Insurance Bill Advances in MD Senate Maryland Stays Course With Its Health Insurance Exchange http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/maryland-stays-course-its-health-insurance-exchange <p>Governor Martin O’Malley says the administration will stay with its own troubled health insurance exchange in the run up to the March 31<sup>st</sup> deadline for open enrollment instead moving to the federal website.</p><p>Maryland state officials also say they will be reaching out to customers in an agreement with insurers to provide retroactive coverage for those who were not successful in signing up on the state exchange.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 13:33:03 +0000 Don Rush 47717 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Maryland Stays Course With Its Health Insurance Exchange New Health Insurance Plans for Small Business Approved in Maryland http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/new-health-insurance-plans-small-business-approved-maryland <p>BALTIMORE (AP) - State health officials have approved 13 carriers to sell health benefit plans to small businesses through the new exchange.</p><p>The Maryland Insurance Administration also approved premium rates on Tuesday for the plans to be sold through Maryland's Small Business Health Options Program Exchange.</p><p>Officials say the premium rates approved for 2014 range from 4.9 percent lower to 14.6 percent higher than existing rates for the carriers' small business products.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 12:59:38 +0000 Don Rush 41353 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net New Health Insurance Plans for Small Business Approved in Maryland MD AG Calls for Freeze on Health Insurance Rates http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/md-ag-calls-freeze-health-insurance-rates <p>BALTIMORE (WBOC/AP)- Attorney General Doug Gansler is urging Maryland insurance regulators to freeze any health insurance rate increases above 5 percent.</p><p>Gansler made the request to the Maryland Insurance Administration on Tuesday.</p><p>Gansler said that some insurance executives are threatening rate hikes of 25 percent, reaching 100 to 150 percent for some consumers, and Maryland families can't afford that.</p><p>The attorney general also is asking for public reviews of any such requests after six months.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 13:39:53 +0000 Don Rush 35459 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net MD AG Calls for Freeze on Health Insurance Rates Excise Tax Could Hit Sussex County Health Insurance Plans http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/excise-tax-could-hit-sussex-county-health-insurance-plans <p></p><p>The Sussex County Government could be hit with a $245-thousand federal excise tax on its family health insurance plans beginning in 2018 unless it cuts its insurance costs.</p><p>The County Council said it learned about the issue when briefed on the impact of the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>The Wilmington News Journal reports that &nbsp; county accounting director Gina Jennings said because the total premiums paid for their plan are expected to go above $27,500 per family by 2018 the federal government will impose an additional tax on those plans.</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 13:20:34 +0000 Don Rush 32287 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Excise Tax Could Hit Sussex County Health Insurance Plans Delaware To Require Health Coverage For Autism http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-require-health-coverage-autism <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - A new law in Delaware requires that individual health insurance plans provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.</p><p>Legislation being signed by Gov. Jack Markell on Monday requires coverage and treatment of autism spectrum disorders in individuals under 21 years old.</p><p>The law also prohibits insurers from terminating or refusing to renew coverage to an individual solely because the individual or a family member is diagnosed with one of the autism spectrum disorders or has received treatment for autism spectrum disorders.</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:14:38 +0000 Don Rush 18840 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware To Require Health Coverage For Autism