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There will be cuts but no new taxes.

That’s the upshot of the $284 million operating budget put forward by New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he is proposing $194 million in spending from the general fund which amounts to a 4 percent increase.

But Meyer expects a $13 million deficit over the coming year, which he says, will be met with spending cuts as well as the county’s tax stabilization reserves.

Meyers wants to reduce overtime and reinstate premiums for Medicare retirees.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A rift between a medical center and a health care company threatens to suspend coverage for thousands of patients.

The Wilmington News Journal  reports that the current contract between Bayhealth Medical Center and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware to reimburse the hospital for its care of the insurer's customers expires May 15.

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The Peninsula Regional Medical Center has agreed to a $2.9 million settlement in the wake of allegations that the facility broke Medicare rules.

The U.S. Justice Department announcement said that PRMC was just one of 457 hospitals in 43 states as part of a $250 million settlement.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the case involved implanting cardioverter defibrillators that shock the heart to bring it back to a normal rhythm.

PRMC issued a statement saying that it still stood by its medical decisions that resulted in the implantation of the devices.


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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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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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.

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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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 Wilmington 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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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.

DuPont has hired the benefits management company Extend Health to put together a set of replacement plans and offer assistance to retirees for selecting a plan.

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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.