State Employee Benefits Committee Votes on State Pensioner Healthcare Coverage

SEBC votes to extend current Medicfill coverage for 12 months

DOVER, Del.— The State Employee Benefits Committee (SEBC) held its monthly meeting today, and to comply with Judge Calvin Scott’s interim ruling, the SEBC voted to extend the Medicfill contract for state pensioners for 12 months pursuant to the Emergency Procedures and Critical Need for Professional Services provision of the procurement code, 29 Del. C. §6907. Pending the resolution of the litigation, the SEBC will consider its options for Calendar Year 2024, which include renegotiation of the Highmark BCBS Delaware Medicare Advantage PPO plan contract and rebidding of the State Medicare health plan.

In the coming weeks, all State of Delaware Medicare eligible pensioners will receive additional information regarding Special Medicfill enrollment for the plan year that begins January 1, 2023. Enrollment in the Special Medicfill with prescription plan will automatically continue for individuals currently enrolled. Benefit eligible pensioners who are enrolled in the Special Medicfill without prescription plan or who have waived coverage for the current plan year, will be given the opportunity to make changes effective January 1, 2023.

As additional information becomes available, it will be posted on the DHR – Division of Statewide Benefits (delaware.gov) website and the Office of Pensions website.

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Media Contact:
Karen Smith, Communications Director
Department of Human Resources
Karen.M.Smith@delaware.gov


Governor Carney, First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney Honor 2022 Women’s Hall of Fame Inductees

NEWARK, Del. – The Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame Committee and the Office of Women’s Advancement and Advocacy, with support from the Delaware Department of Human Resources, inducted seven outstanding women into the Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame Wednesday evening.

 

This year’s inductees have made significant contributions to the lives of Delawareans. The inductees include Anne Canby, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Carolyn Fredricks, Teri Quinn Gray, Ilona Holland, Dr. Karyl Rattay, and Aida Waserstein.

 

“It is our honor to recognize these women and their positive impact on our community through this induction ceremony,” said Governor Carney. “Anne Canby, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Carolyn Fredricks, Teri Quinn Gray, Ilona Holland, Dr. Karyl Rattay, and Aida Waserstein are true role models, and it is our honor to give them the recognition they deserve.”

 

“In addition to the contributions and abiding inspiration provided by the individual honorees, there is a sense of generational connection,” said First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney. “It’s a sense of doors opening, one by one, hardly ever with the first push, and never by just one hand. Thanks to our honorees, past and present, we have so much to celebrate, even as we see so much still to do.”

 

A pioneer in transportation, Anne Canby was the first women to lead the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) in 1993 and was Deputy Director of Transportation during the Carter Administration.

 

“My induction is not just of my work, but that of everyone who actually did the work,” said Anne Canby.

 

The late Alice Dunbar-Nelson was a suffragist, poet, activist, and educator at Howard High School in Wilmington.

 

“[Alice questioned] whether or not future generations would have the opportunity to learn about her legacy. But thanks to the Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame selecting her as one of this year’s inductees, people will know her story and her impact in the state of Delaware and beyond,” said Monet Lewis-Timmons who championed Dunbar-Nelson’s nomination and accepted the award on her behalf.

 

Carolyn Fredricks is the Executive Director of the Modern Maturity Center and longtime advocate for Delaware seniors.

 

“For 50 years I have been doing a job I absolutely love,” said Carolyn Fredricks. “Not many people can say that. I love the people and I love the staff. It has been my honor and privilege to be of service to the older adults of Kent County.”

 

A former DuPont scientist, Teri Quinn Gray, now works as Chief Operating Officer at the science-based crop protection company, Provivi, in California.

 

“I bring greetings in the spirit of Ubuntu, an African concept that self-identity is understood best through community,” said Teri Quinn Gray. “Tonight, is a testament of this. Whereas I am because we are, we are because I am.”

 

Ilona Holland is a children’s educator with a focus on literacy. She has consulted on children’s educational TV programming, authored numerous children’s books, and is a partner with the Delaware State Library system. Addressing the young people in the room, Holland encouraged them to look for role models, never give-up, to ask for and accept help, and to pass on their kindness.

 

“If you embrace these principles, you will experience incredible personal rewards, you will make a difference, and you too will find a place in someone’s hall of fame,” said Ilona Holland.

 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Karyl Rattay served as Director of Delaware’s Division of Public Health. She holds the longest tenure in the role.

 

“I am proud of what we did to improve Public Health as an agency, along with the health of our residents… It has been the greatest honor of my lifetime to serve Delawareans in this role,” said Dr. Karyl Rattay.

 

Aida Waserstein is a retired judge of the Family Court of Delaware. She has written several children’s books with the goal of helping foster children by telling her own immigrant story.

 

“We are all stronger when we welcome people of other backgrounds, with distinct languages, skills, talents and world views. The result is a fresh outlook and innovative ideas that nourish our society and makes us better people with deeper foundations of caring and understanding,” said Aida Waserstein.

 

The Hall of Fame of Delaware Women was established in 1981 and is the oldest annual celebration of its kind commemorating Delaware women. Eligible women must have been born in Delaware or resided in the state for minimum of ten years.


State of Delaware Commits to Filling Job Vacancies

Multifaceted campaign is underway to help bolster the workforce for all state agencies and services in Delaware

DOVER, Del. (Aug. 3, 2022) — The Delaware Department of Human Resources (DHR) has launched a multifaceted marketing communications campaign aimed at bolstering the workforce for all state agencies. The strategies underway focus on recruiting quality candidates for many of the state’s high-demand positions, including nurses, corporation specialists, employment services specialists, unemployment insurance claims processors and field agents, vocational rehabilitation counselors, disability determination adjudicators, and law enforcement officers across multiple agencies.

Delaware, like public and private-sector employers nationwide, is in the grips of acute worker shortages driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, an imbalance between the technical skills required and the positions available, and generational changes regarding work-life balance. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are 5.5 million more job openings in the U.S. than there are workers available to fill them.

“State workers come to work each day to serve their fellow Delawareans and have been stretched thin,” said Gov. John Carney. “Our efforts have two objectives: finding qualified candidates, especially for high-demand positions, and easing the strain on state agencies that have been operating short-staffed for a while. By strengthening our workforce, we can make sure Delaware remains a state focused on opportunity and positioned to support a thriving economy well into the future.”

The campaign officially started in mid-June and is designed to educate jobseekers from Delaware and neighboring states about the variety of positions available, as well as motivate them to “explore, apply, and succeed.”

“Our marketing campaign to spread the word about careers in state government is part of a larger effort to recruit and retain dedicated employees,” said DHR Secretary Claire DeMatteis. “This integrated plan will motivate people from all walks of life to apply for and embrace state employment based on exceptional benefits and a public service mission. Thanks to Gov. Carney and the members of the Delaware General Assembly, we are significantly increasing state employee salaries to be more competitive with the private sector, offering signing and retention bonuses for high-demand jobs, and continuing to offer the best health care and retirement benefits to our dedicated employees.”

The state’s marketing communications campaign, which continues through October, integrates radio; social media; and outdoor, transit, and digital advertising.

StateJobs.Delaware.gov provides everything an individual needs to explore all opportunities available, understand job descriptions and benefits, and apply.

Media Contact:
Karen Smith, Communications Director
Cell: 302-505-6090
Karen.M.Smith@delaware.gov


UPDATE: State of Delaware offices in New Castle County are now closed on Thursday, February 18, 2021

UPDATE: Severe Weather Conditions & Emergencies Alert Thursday, February 18, 2021

State of Delaware offices in New Castle County are now closed on Thursday, February 18, 2021 during regular business hours 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Non-essential employees who live or work in New Castle County are not to report to work for this period. Essential employees designated for severe weather are to report as scheduled.


Delaware’s State Employee Charitable Campaign Accepting Nonprofit Applications

Local nonprofits are encouraged to apply to participate in this year’s campaign through March 31.

DOVER, Del.— The State of Delaware and the State Employee Charitable Campaign Steering Committee invite local nonprofit organizations to apply to participate in the 2021 State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC). Applications will be accepted through March 31, 2021.

The SECC provides state employees and pensioners the opportunity to support organizations whose programs and services benefit the health and welfare of all Delawareans.

“Through the generosity of our state employees, participating nonprofits provide meals, shelter, and clothing to Delaware’s homeless, veterans, disadvantaged, and families in need,” said Governor Carney. “This past year, the COVID-19 pandemic increased the demand for these vital services. The SECC provides employees the opportunity to support Delaware’s nonprofit community during a time when it’s needed the most.”

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the state’s annual giving campaign.

“State employees and pensioners are dedicated to their legacy of giving,” said Amy Bonner, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Human Resources and SECC Chairperson. “Despite telecommuting, social distancing, and the inability to host in-person events during the 2020 SECC, the campaign was still a great success. In its 30th year, we want to ensure that all eligible nonprofit organizations are aware of the opportunity to participate in SECC.”

Interested charities must submit their application by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. To learn if your organization is eligible to participate, please review the information on the Resources for Charities page of the SECC website.

For more information, contact Bridget Wallace, Statewide SECC Coordinator, by email at Bridget.Wallace@delaware.gov or SECC@delaware.gov or call 302-672-5226.

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