Libraries Offering Opportunities to Get Information on Delaware’s Health Insurance Marketplace

Dover, Del.- Delaware libraries throughout the state are offering information sessions and one-on-one enrollment assistance on Delaware’s Health Insurance Marketplace. These presentations have been available for the public since the beginning of November.

Certified Marketplace Guides will give presentations at the libraries for Delaware residents interested in enrolling in low-cost health insurance made possible by the Affordable Care Act.

Four community organizations, Brandywine Women’s Health Associates, Christiana Care, Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, Inc. and Westside Family Healthcare are under contract to provide one-on-one guidance through certified Marketplace Guides to residents about the new marketplace, which will help give the 90,000 uninsured Delawareans greater access to affordable health care.

There are more than 70 guides throughout Delaware who have been undergoing rigorous state and federal training, a proctored exam, and state and federal background checks to be certified to handle sensitive personal information.

Enrollment in the marketplace opened October 1, 2013, and runs through March 31, 2014.  Insurance coverage begins as early as January 1, 2014, for those who enroll by Dec. 15, 2013.

For more information on Delaware’s Health Insurance Marketplace go to www.ChooseHealthDE.com. For information on the Affordable Care Act, as well as dates, times, and locations of sessions, may be found on the Delaware Libraries ACA guide at http://guides.lib.de.us/ACA

For more information on Delaware Libraries go to www.delawarelibraries.org.

Contact: Beth-Ann Ryan at (302) 257-3002 or beth-ann.ryan@delaware.gov, Delaware Division of Libraries, Deputy Director.

 


Lt. Governor’s Dover Events for November 14: Small Business and School Breakfast

Statewide Small Business Advisory Committee Meets
Speaks at Delaware School Nutrition Meeting about School Breakfast 

DOVER – Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn’s Small Business Advisory Committee began meeting in January of this year about a variety of issues that impact small businesses.  Improvements to the state’s small business loan programs, providing better information to small businesses about requirements of the Affordable Care Act, controlling workers compensation premiums, and state and county regulations are just a few of the topics that have been discussed.  The Committee’s 17 members represent a variety of small businesses throughout the state.

During tomorrow’s meeting – the last of 2013 – the discussion of how to make credit available to more small businesses will continue with John Fleming and Michael Rossi of the state Small Business Administration’s office and a representative of a local lender.  The committee will likely decide on recommendations that can be made to increase access to credit for small businesses.

A further discussion of the Affordable Care Act and its impact on small business is also on the agenda.  The meetings rotate between Wilmington and Dover, are posted in advance and open to the public.

Tomorrow afternoon, the Lt. Governor will be talking at the business meeting of the Delaware School Nutrition House of Delegates about trying to expand school breakfast to every elementary school classroom in the state.

9:30am – 11:30am     Small Business Advisory Committee meeting

The Tatnall Building
150 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, South
2nd floor conference room
Dover

4:15pm – 5:15pm       Delaware School Nutrition House of Delegates Meeting
Modern Maturity Center
1121 Forrest Avenue
Dover


Insurance Commissioner Stewart Warns Delawareans to Beware of Fraud Related to the Affordable Care Act

Dover- Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart is advising consumers to be aware of scams that attempt to steal personal information through bogus websites and phone calls claiming to be related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare. People of all ages have reported being contacted by scammers who presented themselves as government or insurance company employees. Scammers have attempted to gather personal information such as social security numbers, bank account information, credit card numbers, and Medicare IDs.

The Better Business Bureau reports that, “The government typically doesn’t call, text or email. Government agencies normally communicate through the mail, so be very cautious of any unsolicited calls, text messages or emails you receive.” Several different phone scams have been reported including those where the caller claims that you need a new Obamacare insurance or Medicare card. This is not true—you are not required to obtain new insurance or Medicare cards because of the ACA.

If you are contacted by anyone who says you are required to act during a “limited time” to purchase a new plan or update your information simply hang up and do not give out any personal information. Some scammers have high-tech software that allows them to display the name of a government agency on your caller ID. Do not reply to fraudulent emails or text messages.

Official marketplace guides are available to review plans with Delawareans in-person. They have undergone extensive background checks and have a state-issued ID badge. Anyone who offers to help you with enrollment should present this identification. Commissioner Stewart would like everyone to be on alert and stated, “If you suspect you have been the target of a fraudulent insurance scheme you may report the incident to the fraud division at the Delaware Department of Insurance at 302-674-7350 or 800-632-5154.”

If you would like to learn more about Delaware’s Health Insurance Marketplace and where you can find help to enroll, please visit the state of Delaware’s official Health Insurance Marketplace website at www.choosehealthde.com, or you can call 1.800.318.2596 for assistance.


Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart Engages Federal Policymakers – Protecting Consumers and Bolstering Markets are Priority Topics

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 20, 2013) – Last week, Karen Weldin Stewart met with members of her Congressional delegation to discuss insurance issues affecting the Delaware residents. Commissioner Stewart joined insurance regulators from more than 35 states and territories in Washington, D.C. to meet with representatives from various federal agencies as well as their elected Members of Congress. Coordinated by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), the meetings enhance collaboration between state and federal officials on a national scale. “The intersection of state and federal policy has never been more critical to the insurance sector as it is right now,” said Commissioner Stewart. “My job is to protect consumers, and part of that is to ensure that decisions made in Washington are in the best interest of the citizens of Delaware.”
Regulators were briefed by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, of the Department of Health and Human Services and Governor Daniel K. Tarullo, of the Federal Reserve Board. Congressman Randy Neugebauer of Texas, chair of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, also addressed the group. Subjects discussed included the impact of Dodd-Frank and Affordable Care Act on states, the agenda of the House Financial Services Committee as well international regulatory developments. Commissioner Stewart was pleased with the outcome of the meetings and stated, “The First State is fortunate to have such dedicated representatives in Washington, D.C., and I look forward to working with them on all matters of insurance that impact the lives of Delawareans.”