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7:57 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Delaware Lawmakers Expected to Lower Worker's Comp Ins. Rates

Legislative Hall
Credit dover.delaware.state

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are expected to act quickly on recommendations from a state task force aimed at lowering workers' compensation insurance rates.

The task force presented lawmakers a report Thursday calling for workers compensation medical costs to be trimmed by 33 percent over the next three years.

The report calls health care providers to gradually curtail their rates as they move from a current fee-for-service structure to a Medicare rate-based reimbursement formula.

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8:58 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Health Plan Cancellations in Md, Virginians Get Health Insurance Tax Credits

Credit Don Rush

Maryland

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.

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.

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11:21 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Atlantic General Hospital Adds Staff

Credit Atlantic General Hospital website

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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8:57 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Big Changes in Hospital Reimbursement Under Medicare in Maryland

Maryland Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene
Credit msa.maryland.gov

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials have briefed lawmakers on huge changes to how hospital costs are paid to try to keep the state's unique Medicare waiver agreement with the federal government.

The plan was outlined by the state health secretary Wednesday. The proposal was submitted to a federal agency on Tuesday.

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9:08 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Delaware Hospice Announces Layoffs

Credit Delaware Hospice Website

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Shrinking federal reimbursements have led the Delaware Hospice to lay off dozens of employees.


The hospice's CEO, Susan Lloyd, tells the News Journal of WilmingtonĀ that the nonprofit healthcare provider has let 52 workers go.


She says the decision wasn't made lightly but is necessary to keep the hospice in operation.

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12:42 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Dupont Retirees Face Changes in Medical Expense Compensation

Credit health care, 123rf.com

Changes are coming to DuPont retirees on Medicare.


And, 10,000 of them are located in Delaware.


The Wilmington News Journal reports that for decades the Wilmington based chemical company provided coverage for 20 percent of medical expenses not picked up by Medicare.


Now, the company is terminating its group plans this year but will help retirees choose individual plans with a $1400 cash payment.

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10:14 am
Thu August 30, 2012

A Moderate Republican Speaks Out About His Party

Mike Castle, wikipedia.org

Is the Republican Party moving away from its more traditional conservative roots? Former Delaware Congressman Mike Castle, who lost a senate primary to Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell, is considered a moderate in his party. When Delmarva Public Radio caught up with him at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, he clearly indicated that he had disagreements with some of the new policy shifts within the GOP.