Obamacare 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 Correcting Computer Glitch in Program for MD Health Exchange http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/correcting-computer-glitch-program-md-health-exchange <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland official says a computer glitch with Connecticut's health exchange will be corrected in the version Maryland will be using as it revamps its own troubled website with Connecticut's technology.</p><p>Isabel FitzGerald, the state's secretary of information technology, told a legislative oversight panel Tuesday that Maryland is on schedule to have its flawed website fixed with the new technology in time for the next open enrollment period in November.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:38:36 +0000 Don Rush 57846 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Correcting Computer Glitch in Program for MD Health Exchange 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 MD Health Care Enrollee Numbers Fall Shore http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/md-health-care-enrollee-numbers-fall-shore <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Newly released figures show that Maryland fell far short of projections enrolling residents for private insurance through its troubled health exchange, even as national enrollment figures exceed expectations.</p><p>Numbers released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Health &amp; Human Services show that 67,757 Marylanders have signed up for private insurance through under the Affordable Care Act. Last year, federal officials had projected that 150,000 Marylanders would enroll.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 11:46:42 +0000 Don Rush 53554 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net MD Health Care Enrollee Numbers Fall Shore Insurance Coverage Under ACA In Delaware Rises http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/insurance-coverage-under-aca-delaware-rises <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials say just fewer than 14,400 people have enrolled in Delaware's health insurance exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act. That's up from about 11,300 reported last month.</p><p>Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf also reported Thursday that 4,217 Delawareans were eligible for coverage under expanded Medicaid rules that the state adopted as part of an effort to reduce the number of uninsured.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 15:44:22 +0000 Don Rush 53501 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Insurance Coverage Under ACA In Delaware Rises Delaware Meeting Revised Federal Goals for ACA Sign Ups http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-meeting-revised-federal-goals-aca-sign-ups <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials will provide an update on enrollment in Delaware's health insurance exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act.</p><p>As the open enrollment period for this year expired late last month, officials said Delaware already had met and exceeded a federal target of 8,000 enrollments.</p><p>Officials planned to provide more exact figures and demographic data on enrollees to the state health care commission on Thursday.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:34:18 +0000 Don Rush 52333 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware Meeting Revised Federal Goals for ACA Sign Ups Revamping Maryland Health Insurance Exchange http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/revamping-maryland-health-insurance-exchange <p>BALTIMORE (AP) - A Maryland board is scheduled to discuss what the state will do about its badly flawed health exchange website.</p><p>The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Board of Trustees has a 5 p.m. meeting in Baltimore on Tuesday, when it could officially decide to use technology from another state that has had a more successful exchange rollout. Maryland is one of 14 states with its own exchange.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:03:38 +0000 Don Rush 51787 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Revamping Maryland Health Insurance Exchange Delaware Working Up To Midnight Deadline to Sign Up Residents for Health Insurance http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-working-midnight-deadline-sign-residents-health-insurance <p>WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The clock is ticking for Delaware residents who want to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp;</p><p>With the open enrollment period for Delaware's health insurance exchange expiring at midnight Monday, officials are urging those who have not yet signed up to do so.</p><p>Health and Social Services officials said there were 18 locations around the state where residents could get help enrolling in the exchange. St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington was offering help right up to the midnight deadline.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:56:26 +0000 Don Rush 51728 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware Working Up To Midnight Deadline to Sign Up Residents for Health Insurance Deadline Looms for Troubled MD Health Insurance Exchange http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/deadline-looms-troubled-md-health-insurance-exchange <p>BALTIMORE (AP) - Uninsured Maryland residents are facing a deadline to enroll in a health care plan in a state that still has serious computer problems with its online health exchange.</p><p>The deadline for enrollment without paying an IRS penalty under the federal health care overhaul is midnight Monday.</p><p>People can get help enrolling in person at locations around the state. The Maryland Health Connection website has a list of places around the state.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:56:04 +0000 Don Rush 51721 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Deadline Looms for Troubled MD Health Insurance Exchange Last Minute Push In Delaware To Get Sign Ups for Health Care Law http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/last-minute-push-delaware-get-sign-ups-health-care-law <p>WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper are joining Delaware's health and social services secretary to encourage state residents to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>Open enrollment on Delaware health insurance exchange for coverage this year ends at midnight Monday.</p><p>With the deadline fast approaching, Delaware officials planned to gather Friday in Wilmington in a last-minute push to encourage residents to sign up for coverage.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:28:14 +0000 Don Rush 51600 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Last Minute Push In Delaware To Get Sign Ups for Health Care Law Help For MD Health Exchange Enrollees, Senator Carper Urges Sign Ups http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/help-md-health-exchange-enrollees-senator-carper-urges-sign-ups <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's health exchange board has adopted a plan to help people who have tried to enroll before the deadline at the end of the month but were unable to complete an application.</p><p>The board approved the plan Tuesday.</p><p>Maryland's online health exchange has been plagued with computer problems since its Oct. 1 debut.</p><p>Under the plan adopted by the board, consumers will be able to let the exchange know that they have started an application but have been unable to finish it.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:04:43 +0000 Don Rush 51067 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Help For MD Health Exchange Enrollees, Senator Carper Urges Sign Ups Seven Thousand Sign Up on Delaware Health Exchange http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/seven-thousand-sign-delaware-health-exchange <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials say about 7,000 Delawareans have chosen private insurance plans under the federal Affordable Care Act.</p><p>Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf told the state Health Care Commission on Thursday that 6,994 people had selected plans in Delaware's health insurance exchange as of Feb. 28, an increase of about 38 percent over the previous month</p><p>Officials are no longer reporting how many people have actually paid for coverage, as opposed to simply choosing a plan.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:21:22 +0000 Don Rush 50349 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Seven Thousand Sign Up on Delaware Health Exchange Virginia Legislature Splits on Medicaid Expansion http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/virginia-legislature-splits-medicaid-expansion <p>The Virginia House and Senate split over whether to accept federal Medicaid funds to expand health insurance to as many as 400-thousand low-income residents.</p><p>The Republican controlled House voted against the expansion of eligibility when they approved their version of the state budget.</p><p>Meanwhile, the Democratically controlled Senate with a few Republicans going along voted for the expanded coverage.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:29:33 +0000 Don Rush 49666 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Virginia Legislature Splits on Medicaid Expansion Good News for Health Coverage of Maryland Children http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/good-news-health-coverage-maryland-children <p>Amid the troubles with the Affordable Care Act rollout, there is good news for health coverage of children in Maryland.&nbsp; Maryland News Connection reporter Allison&nbsp; Burns has the story on a new report.</p><p></p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 14:41:35 +0000 Don Rush 45305 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Good News for Health Coverage of Maryland Children Delaware Reaches Deal With Insurance Carrier to Extend Health Care Policies http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-reaches-deal-insurance-carrier-extend-health-care-policies <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials have reached a tentative agreement with one insurance carrier that could allow policyholders facing cancellations because of the Affordable Care Act to keep their policies for the time being.</p><p>Officials announced the tentative agreement Wednesday but did not identify the carrier.</p><p>The Department of Insurance is continuing discussions with other carriers about allowing policyholders to renew policies that don't comply with the federal health care law.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:09:43 +0000 Don Rush 45064 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware Reaches Deal With Insurance Carrier to Extend Health Care Policies MD Extends Individual Policies That Don't Conform to ACA http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/md-extends-individual-policies-dont-conform-aca <p>BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's insurance commissioner says individual policies that don't comply with the federal health care overhaul can be extended through the end of next year.</p><p>Insurance Commissioner Therese Goldsmith said in a memo to insurers Tuesday that they can renew such policies for 2014 as long as the renewals take effect before Jan. 1.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:02:05 +0000 Don Rush 45012 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net MD Extends Individual Policies That Don't Conform to ACA Obamacare Update for Delaware http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/obamacare-update-delaware <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's health and social services secretary is updating a state panel on the federal health care reform effort in Delaware.</p><p>Secretary Rita Landgraf was scheduled to brief the Delaware Health Care Commission on Thursday about enrollment in the state's new health insurance exchange.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:13:53 +0000 Don Rush 44675 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Obamacare Update for Delaware Few Yet to Sign Up in Delaware for Coverage Under ACA http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/few-yet-sign-delaware-coverage-under-aca <p>WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - More than a month after the launch of Delaware's health insurance exchange, officials report only four Delawareans enrolled for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>As of Tuesday, Delaware's marketplace guide organizations reported four enrollments, 31 enrollment applications completed and 218 accounts created for possible enrollment.</p><p>Four community organizations were hired to provide marketplace guides, using a $4 million federal grant.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 14:22:30 +0000 Don Rush 44278 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Few Yet to Sign Up in Delaware for Coverage Under ACA Health Plan Cancellations in Md, Virginians Get Health Insurance Tax Credits http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/health-plan-cancellations-md-virginians-get-health-insurance-tax-credits <p><strong>Maryland</strong></p><p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Insurance Administration says carriers have notified the state that they plan to discontinue non-grandfathered individual health benefit plans affecting more than 73,000 members in Maryland next year.</p><p>Individual health insurance policies are being canceled for millions of people nationwide who buy individual insurance policies as federal health care reform requires plans to cover certain benefits. Policies are being discontinued because they don't meet the higher benefit requirements of the Affordable Care Act.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 13:58:06 +0000 Don Rush 44156 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Health Plan Cancellations in Md, Virginians Get Health Insurance Tax Credits Congressman Andy Harris Opposed Budget Deal http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/congressman-andy-harris-opposed-budget-deal <p>Congressman Andy Harris opposed last night&rsquo;s bipartisan deal that reopened the federal government and extended the nation&rsquo;s debt ceiling.</p><p>The Eastern Shore Republican in a statement that he could not back a measure that would continue spending levels and does not reduce the $650-billion budget deficit.</p><p>He also blasted the continuing exemption of congressional members from the Affordable Care Act as well as other &ldquo;accounting gimmicks.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:37:27 +0000 Don Rush 43082 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Congressman Andy Harris Opposed Budget Deal Delaware Declares It's First Health Insurance Exchange Enrollee http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-declares-its-first-health-insurance-exchange-enrollee <p>SELBYVILLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are celebrating the state&#39;s first health insurance exchange enrollee.</p><p>Department of Health and Social Service officials have declared 59-year-old Janice Baker of Selbyville the first confirmed resident to enroll in the marketplace. It opened Oct. 1 as part of the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 14:12:38 +0000 Don Rush 43007 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware Declares It's First Health Insurance Exchange Enrollee Still Rocky Start for Delaware Health Exchange http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/still-rocky-start-delaware-health-exchange <p></p><p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say they&#39;re still experiencing problems with the launch of the state&#39;s new health insurance exchange.</p><p>Officials as of Thursday have yet to confirm a single enrollment in the exchange, part of the federal health care reform effort.</p><p>The state health care commission also was told that only about half of the 68 &quot;marketplace guides&quot; being hired to teach people about the exchange and help them enroll have been fully certified, with many still awaiting completion of federal criminal background checks.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:45:48 +0000 Don Rush 42770 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Still Rocky Start for Delaware Health Exchange ACA Aids in Breast Cancer Care http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/aca-aids-breast-cancer-care <p>October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month.&nbsp;</p><p>And, this year the Affordable Care Act that just saw the health exchanges get up and running, marking a major shift in women&#39;s access to for their health care needs.</p><p>Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 17:12:31 +0000 Don Rush 42629 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net ACA Aids in Breast Cancer Care Thousands Sign Up for MD Health Insurance Exchange, But Technical Problems Remain http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/thousands-sign-md-health-insurance-exchange-technical-problems-remain <p>BALTIMORE (AP) - Officials say more than 13,000 residents have created accounts on Maryland&#39;s online marketplace for health insurance.</p><p>But technical issues remain in using Maryland Health Connection, the state-based health insurance marketplace, officials said Monday.</p><p>Becca Pearce, the executive director, said in an emailed statement that the Connection&#39;s technical team has added server capacity and plans to update the system&#39;s software.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 12:36:43 +0000 Don Rush 42538 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Thousands Sign Up for MD Health Insurance Exchange, But Technical Problems Remain Ironing Out the Glitches in the Health Insurance Exchanges http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/ironing-out-glitches-health-insurance-exchanges <p>Delaware residents and millions around the nation flooded the computers of the health insurance exchanges on Day 3 of open enrollment.</p><p>Delaware has decided to add two multi-state plans to the 19 that it already offers under the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>Delaware&rsquo;s Secretary of Health and Social Services Rita Landgraf says that 4-thousand paper forms have been ordered to meet demand.</p><p>But those will only be used by higher-income buyers who earn too much to quality for a federal subsidy.</p><p>Landgraf says she hopes to have more than 70 guides and navigators in place.</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:41:33 +0000 Don Rush 42346 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Ironing Out the Glitches in the Health Insurance Exchanges Maryland Officials to Smooth Out Health Exchange Operations http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/maryland-officials-smooth-out-health-exchange-operations <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland residents are still finding delays with the state&#39;s new online marketplace for health insurance.</p><p>The Maryland Health Connection website on Wednesday informed website users that the online marketplace may be temporarily unavailable as technicians conduct maintenance and test improvements in performance.</p><p>The website had problems on Tuesday almost as soon as it opened.</p><p>The website couldn&#39;t handle the volume of people trying to create accounts all at once.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 12:32:57 +0000 Don Rush 42286 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Maryland Officials to Smooth Out Health Exchange Operations Delaware and Maryland Begin Implementing Obamacare http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-and-maryland-begin-implementing-obamacare <p><strong>Delaware </strong></p><p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say they&#39;re ready for open enrollment to begin in the state&#39;s new health insurance exchange.</p><p>But officials acknowledge that glitches are likely as a key component of the federal health reform law is launched Tuesday.</p><p>Among other things, not all of the 68 marketplace guides being hired to help people learn about and enroll in the health care exchange will be in place when open enrollment begins.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:06:51 +0000 Don Rush 42150 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware and Maryland Begin Implementing Obamacare Maryland Gets Ready for Health Exchanges Under ACA http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/maryland-gets-ready-health-exchanges-under-aca <p>As the nation prepares to launch the Health Exchanges under the Affordable Care Act Maryland state officials expect to sign up to 5-thousand uninsured in the tri-county area of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester by March&nbsp; 31<sup>st</sup><sup> </sup>, which is the end of open enrollment.&nbsp;</p><p>That&rsquo;s out of 23-thousand that are not insured.</p><p>And state health officials estimate that 90 percent of those uninsured would actually quality for a federal subsidy to buy insurance.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:09:01 +0000 Don Rush 42069 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Maryland Gets Ready for Health Exchanges Under ACA Atlantic General Hospital Adds Staff http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/atlantic-general-hospital-adds-staff <p>Some hospitals may be laying off staff but not Atlantic General in Berlin.</p><p>With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, hospital CEO Michael Franklin told WBOC, that the facility has spent the last three years creating a safety net.</p><p>He said the hospital has gotten grants to offset increased costs and hired more nurses to take care of patients.</p><p>Franklin says the hospital has also been facing increasing cost of Medicare losing about a quarter of million dollars per quarter.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 15:21:58 +0000 Don Rush 41531 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Atlantic General Hospital Adds Staff Still No Estimate on Premium Costs for Delaware Health Insurance Exchanges http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/still-no-estimate-premium-costs-delaware-health-insurance-exchanges <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials overseeing Delaware's implementation of the federal health care reform law still don't know what residents will pay for health care coverage under a new state health insurance exchange.</p><p>Officials expect to begin enrolling some 35,000 people in the health insurance exchange starting Oct. 1, for coverage effective Jan. 1, 2014.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 12:59:51 +0000 Don Rush 40674 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Still No Estimate on Premium Costs for Delaware Health Insurance Exchanges