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9:28 am
Fri December 5, 2014

More People Signing Up for Health Care in Delaware

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Delaware state officials say they are making progress signing up residents for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

They say they have seen 209 sign ups and plan renewals in the first two weeks of open enrollment.

Health Secretary Rita Landgraf said yesterday that people are coming in and are highly motivated.

Landgraf says that preliminary surveys from the statewide marketplace guides and agents say the interest is there.

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11:49 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Funding Request for Mental Health Services in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware health and social services officials are asking for about $22 million in additional funding next year to serve the mentally ill, developmentally disabled and other vulnerable populations.

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9:14 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Delaware Officials Respond to Ebola Outbreak

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are talking about steps they are taking in response to the public health threat posed by the Ebola virus.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to join Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf and public health director Dr. Karyl Rattay on Wednesday for a briefing on Delaware's efforts in response to the Ebola outbreak.

The briefing is being held in conjunction with the third annual Public Health Preparedness Symposium hosted by the Division of Public Health.

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9:04 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Lower Delaware to Get Detox Center for Addicts

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Governor Jack Markell announced yesterday that there will be a detox center for residents in southern Delaware.

It is set to open early next year.

The center will be located in Lewes which still needs to give the project zoning approval.

The state Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf says the center should have 16 beds that should be available by March.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the project will cost $1 million which was added to the current state budget to help those trying to kick their drug addiction.

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11:44 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Insurance Coverage Under ACA In Delaware Rises

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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.

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.

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8:10 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Second Suspension in Delaware Drug Testing Lab Scandal

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials say a second employee of the Delaware medical examiner's office has been suspended amid an investigation of evidence tampering in the state criminal drug testing lab.

Chief medical examiner Richard Callery was recently suspended with pay as officials investigate possible misuse of state resources.

Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf said Wednesday that a second state employee who worked as an evidence technician in the medical examiner's office also has been suspended. She did not provide further details.

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8:31 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Delaware Lawmakers Take Up Drug Testing Lab Scandal

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are meeting to discuss tampering of evidence in the state's drug testing lab.

Members of the Senate Public Safety Committee were to receive a briefing on the drug lab Wednesday from Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf and Safety and Homeland Security Secretary Lewis Schiliro.

State police closed down the lab, which is a part of the medical examiner's office, in February amid a criminal investigation of evidence being tampered with or missing.

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11:21 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Seven Thousand Sign Up on Delaware Health Exchange

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials say about 7,000 Delawareans have chosen private insurance plans under the federal Affordable Care Act.

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

Officials are no longer reporting how many people have actually paid for coverage, as opposed to simply choosing a plan.

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9:15 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Delaware Set to Release Latest ACA Numbers

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are set to provide an update on enrollment in the state's new health insurance exchange.

Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf planned to update the Delaware Health Care Commission on Thursday on the state's implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Officials also planned to provide an update on the marketing campaign aimed at encouraging people to enroll in the exchange before the March 31 deadline.

Officials last month said 1,145 people had enrolled in the exchange and paid their first premiums.

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10:13 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Obamacare Update for Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's health and social services secretary is updating a state panel on the federal health care reform effort in Delaware.

Secretary Rita Landgraf was scheduled to brief the Delaware Health Care Commission on Thursday about enrollment in the state's new health insurance exchange.

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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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10:44 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Jim DeMint Rallies Opponents of Obamacare

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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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