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Delaware State Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro is urging Senator Tom Carper to get an extension for those signing up for the Affordable Care Act.

Navarro told the Wilmington News Journal that he is worried there will not be enough time to enroll in the health insurance exchange.

So, he said, he is consulting with the Delaware Democrat’s office and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield about extending the deadline to January 1st.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous is calling for a single-payer system in Maryland.

The 19 page plan resembles that one that former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders offered through Medicare.

Jealous said that a state run single-payer system is the next logical step but he stopped short of details on how it would be funded.

The candidate said the current system has saved more than $400 million dollars and that moving to the single-payer system would save even more.

He did not rule out hiking sales or income taxes.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials say enrollments in the state's health insurance exchange significantly out-paced last year's tally after the first week.

The Baltimore Sun reports that those buying policies on the exchange for the first time are up about 15 percent, compared to this time last year. Officials say total enrollments through marylandhealthconnection.gov are double the number at this time last year, at 10,420.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden told a gathering yesterday that a University of Delaware initiative could be a model for creating healthier and more equitable communities.

He gave his remarks the Vision Coalition of Delaware’s 10th Annual Conference which is focusing on improving partnerships in health and education.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the coalition is a public-private partnership.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic Gov. John Carney says President Donald Trump's decision to end federal cost-share subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will hurt thousands of low-income Delaware residents.

Carney said in a statement Friday that low-income Delawareans rely on those taxpayer subsidies to make their health insurance and health care affordable.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delawareans will pay 25 percent more next year than they did this year for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

State insurance commissioner Trinidad Navarro announced Thursday that he had approved the latest double-digit increase for Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, which will be the only insurer providing ACA coverage in Delaware.

Highmark sought a rate increase of 33.6 percent earlier this year after Aetna, which covers almost 12,000 Delawareans under the ACA, announced that it is pulling out of Delaware health insurance exchange.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's governor says a revived Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act won't work for Maryland.

Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, said Tuesday the Graham-Cassidy health care bill would "cost our state over $2 billion annually while directly jeopardizing the health care of our citizens."

The effort to repeal the health care law in Washington has taken on new life after it seemed all but dead earlier this summer.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - A company that offers individual health insurance plans in Virginia says it's scaling back while raising rates next year.

The Daily Press in Newport News reports that Optima Health made the decision as the future of the Affordable Care Act remains uncertain. Three other insurers recently announced they're pulling out of Virginia's individual market.

Optima reversed plans to sell individual plans in the Richmond, Danville and Bristol areas. It will remain in the Hampton Roads region and other markets, including Harrisonburg.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - As proposals to change the nation's health insurance landscape continue to move swiftly, a Maryland commission created to monitor potential changes to the Affordable Care Act is scheduled to meet for the first time.

The panel is scheduled to meet Tuesday in Annapolis.

Democrats who control the legislature created the commission by legislation this year, out of concern that President Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress would repeal the health care law. So far, they haven't, but the White House is insisting that the Senate resume efforts to repeal.

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Senator Tom Carper denounced the decision by his Republican colleagues to move ahead with consideration of a measure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

In a written statement the Delaware Democrat said he had never seen anything like the push to approve such a wide ranging measure.

Democrats note that the Senate is moving forward without the normal committee hearings to take testimony on the impact of such legislation.

Carper complained that it was not clear what was being forced to consider.

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