The free “2012-2013 Guide to Services for Older Delawareans and Persons with Disabilities” is now available in print and online in both English and Spanish. The 294-page guide includes contact information for organizations and businesses in 29 service categories, including caregiving, financial assistance, home health care, housing options, transportation, medical and dental services, and volunteerism.
Clients of Delaware’s Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) program can now buy vegetables, fruit and other items with their benefit cards at several farmers’ markets.
On National HIV Testing Day, Governor Jack Markell was joined by state officials, state legislators and HIV activists in Dover to sign Senate Bill 162, providing for routine HIV opt-out testing. SB 162 implements the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation that HIV testing should be part of the standard battery of medical tests. The new rule will not only increase HIV testing, but help destigmatize such screenings and cement HIV testing’s place as part of regular medical care. The bill preserves the opportunity for patients to decline the testing as with most other medical tests.
Beginning July 1, the Delaware Medical Assistance Program will reimburse for telemedicine-delivered services provided to Delaware Medicaid clients in order to improve access to behavioral health services and general health care services, including medical subspecialties not widely available in the state.
Gov. Jack Markell welcomed the Specialisterne Foundation to Delaware during a special announcement about funding to facilitate the employment of Delawareans with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder.