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8:36 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Thousands Sign Up for MD Health Insurance Exchange, But Technical Problems Remain

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Officials say more than 13,000 residents have created accounts on Maryland's online marketplace for health insurance.

But technical issues remain in using Maryland Health Connection, the state-based health insurance marketplace, officials said Monday.

Becca Pearce, the executive director, said in an emailed statement that the Connection's technical team has added server capacity and plans to update the system's software.

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11:41 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Ironing Out the Glitches in the Health Insurance Exchanges

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Delaware residents and millions around the nation flooded the computers of the health insurance exchanges on Day 3 of open enrollment.

Delaware has decided to add two multi-state plans to the 19 that it already offers under the Affordable Care Act.

Delaware’s Secretary of Health and Social Services Rita Landgraf says that 4-thousand paper forms have been ordered to meet demand.

But those will only be used by higher-income buyers who earn too much to quality for a federal subsidy.

Landgraf says she hopes to have more than 70 guides and navigators in place.

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8:32 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Maryland Officials to Smooth Out Health Exchange Operations

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland residents are still finding delays with the state's new online marketplace for health insurance.

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.

The website had problems on Tuesday almost as soon as it opened.

The website couldn't handle the volume of people trying to create accounts all at once.

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9:29 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Reaction Comes in From Government Shutdown

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The district offices of Congressman Andy Harris have been closed and his district staff furloughed as the effect of the government shutdown begins to spread.

The Eastern Shore Republican says he is preparing to donate his paycheck as the government shutdown takes hold.

His Washington office will be manned by two staff members.

In a statement issued on Tuesday Harris blamed the President and Senate for the shutdown calling the Affordable Care Act a disaster that will cripple the Maryland economy.

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9:06 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Delaware and Maryland Begin Implementing Obamacare

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Delaware

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say they're ready for open enrollment to begin in the state's new health insurance exchange.

But officials acknowledge that glitches are likely as a key component of the federal health reform law is launched Tuesday.

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.

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9:09 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Maryland Gets Ready for Health Exchanges Under ACA

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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  31st , which is the end of open enrollment. 

That’s out of 23-thousand that are not insured.

And state health officials estimate that 90 percent of those uninsured would actually quality for a federal subsidy to buy insurance.

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12:15 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Delaware Unveils Health Care Plans Under Obamacare

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Delaware released its menu of 19 health care plans and four levels of coverage that range in price from $193 a month for an individual basic plan to $329 for an individual platinum plan.

State officials say there are around 90-thousand residents in Delaware who do not have health insurance and thousand more who are under-insured.

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11:21 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Atlantic General Hospital Adds Staff

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Some hospitals may be laying off staff but not Atlantic General in Berlin.

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.

He said the hospital has gotten grants to offset increased costs and hired more nurses to take care of patients.

Franklin says the hospital has also been facing increasing cost of Medicare losing about a quarter of million dollars per quarter.

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8:59 am
Wed September 18, 2013

New Health Insurance Plans for Small Business Approved in Maryland

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BALTIMORE (AP) - State health officials have approved 13 carriers to sell health benefit plans to small businesses through the new exchange.

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.

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.

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8:59 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Still No Estimate on Premium Costs for Delaware Health Insurance Exchanges

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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.

Officials expect to begin enrolling some 35,000 people in the health insurance exchange starting Oct. 1, for coverage effective Jan. 1, 2014.

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10:44 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Jim DeMint Rallies Opponents of Obamacare

Former Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina)
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Former South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint railed against the Affordable Care Act yesterday during a national stop in Brandywine Hundred calling it un-American.

The Republican left office to head up the conservative Heritage Foundation and has been active in calling for repeal of the law.

Speaking to an enthusiastic crowd he warned that the law will not allow doctors to be paid enough to provide quality care and said he had other solutions to providing increased medical coverage such as tax cuts to businesses for health care coverage.

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8:25 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Obamacare Defunding Campaign Comes to Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A conservative group that wants Congress to defund the Obama administration's health care reform law is bringing its message to Delaware.

Thursday evening's event in Wilmington marks the end of a nine-city tour in which Heritage Action for America has been rallying support for its call to defund the Affordable Care Act is planning a town hall meeting in Pittsburgh.

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9:03 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Andy Harris Backs Tying Debt Ceiling to Obamacare

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Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md) says he backs tying the an increase in the debt ceiling with undoing the Affordable Card Act. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with the Eastern Shore  Republican at a town hall meeting in Fruitland. 

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9:42 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Feds To Give Financial Boost to Health Centers Under Obamacare

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Maryland Community Health Centers will be getting some financial assistance to enroll the uninsured in the state under the Affordable Care Act.

Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story.

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10:20 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Maryland Readies Health Insurance Exchanges

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The state of Maryland is getting ready to raise public awareness of the new health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act.

They are to be up and running by October 1st and is aimed at helping those who are uninsured to get access to health coverage and care.

Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story.

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11:49 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Some Health Exchange Info to be Held from Public in Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland will make information related to its health benefit exchange available through public information requests.

But the state's Public Information Act does prevent disclosure of confidential commercial or financial information. Rebecca Pearce, executive director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, says information that could cause substantial harm to the competitive position of the contractor would not be subject to the state's public information laws.

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11:26 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Maryland to Launch Health Insurance Exchange Program

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland has announced the launch of a program to help residents get health insurance under the federal health care law.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange announced the start of the Connector Program on Thursday. About $24 million in state and federal grants will be used to fund six organizations. They will provide consumer assistance and enrollment resources throughout Maryland.

Brown says the initiative will create more than 300 jobs.

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12:20 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Obamacare Could Impact Delaware Substance Abuse System

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The national health care reform law is expected to bring new challenges to Delaware's substance abuse treatment system.

Federal officials estimate that some 5,300 addicts in Delaware would be newly eligible for insurance in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act. That number grows to about 8,500 if Delaware also expands its Medicaid program, as Gov. Jack Markell has proposed.

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9:20 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Excise Tax Could Hit Sussex County Health Insurance Plans

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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.

The County Council said it learned about the issue when briefed on the impact of the Affordable Care Act.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that   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.

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8:57 am
Thu April 4, 2013

No Abortion Coverage Under Obamacare in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - By a single Senate vote, the General Assembly accepted Gov. Bob McDonnell's amendment denying abortion coverage to people who buy policies through Virginia's federally funded health insurance exchange.

McDonnell's amendment to House Bill 1900 had passed the House 55-37 with seven delegates not voting earlier Wednesday. It eked through the Senate after opponents in both parties argued it abridges not only the right of women to buy their own policies, but what businesses can and can't sell.

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9:19 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Society of Actuaries: Premiums Up Under Obamacare

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Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A study estimates medical claims costs in Maryland could jump 67 percent for residents' individual policies by 2017 under the federal health care overhaul, but a state official says the study is flawed because it doesn't consider unique steps taken to ease pressure on rates.

The increase cited in a report released Tuesday by the Society of Actuaries says much of the reason for the higher claims costs is that sicker people are expected to join the pool.

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11:41 am
Wed February 13, 2013

MD. Lt. Gov. Outlines Health Exchange Under Obamacare

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will be outlining the latest steps in Maryland to implement federal health care reform.

Brown is scheduled to testify Wednesday on legislation before a House panel and a Senate committee.

The measure includes an expansion of Medicaid. It also creates a dedicated funding stream for the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange from the existing premium tax on health insurers.

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8:44 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Urgent Care Centers In Delaware See Big Demand

Demand is up in Delaware at the state’s urgent care centers.


These have been around for more than 30 years but these days they are getting a lot of patronage from patients, who cannot get care for less serious problems or who just don’t want to wait.


Laurie Cox, office manager for Go-Care Medical Aid Unit at Abby Medical Center in Stanton, told the Wilmington News Journal that it is a convenience that people want.


It comes at a time when emergency rooms across the country are seeing record numbers of patients.

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11:09 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Progress in Delaware Health Insurance Exchange

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials continue to make progress in implementing a state health care exchange under the national health care reform law.


The Delaware Health Care Commission received a status update Thursday on the state's effort to implement provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

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9:32 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Fiscal Cliff Could Endanger Medicaid Expansion

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Governor Jack Markell met with President Obama at the White House yesterday telling him that if a deal is not reached to avert the fiscal cliff the cuts in Medicaid would force states to rethink expansion of health care for the poor under Obamacare.


Markell is chair of the National Governors Association and led a six member delegation to meet with the nation’s chief executive.

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9:33 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Campaign Launched to Get More Applications for Federal Health Insurance Program in Maryland

 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown wants to increase the number of applications to a federally funded health insurance program run by the state.

     Brown will kick off the second anniversary of the federal Affordable Care Act on Monday with a marketing campaign designed to enhance participation in the Maryland Health Insurance Plan.

     MHIP is a state and federally funded plan for people who cannot qualify for health insurance because they have a pre-existing condition.

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