Delaware Medicare Assistance Bureau to Hold Public Meetings

Newly Medicare-eligible residents encouraged to attend Welcome to Medicare: 2020

The Delaware Medicare Assistance Bureau (DMAB), a division of the Department of Insurance, has announced a series of Welcome to Medicare: 2020 events taking place throughout the year. More than a dozen public learning sessions will take place across the state. Participants will learn about various parts of Medicare and their benefits, supplemental insurance policies, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare prescription drug coverage, and details on signing up.

“Bringing information about Medicare to residents in convenient locations throughout the state helps us to increase understanding of the complex healthcare system and encourage the community to reach out to our team for assistance when needed,” said Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro.

Upcoming events include:

  • Wednesday, March 4 at 10:00AM, Delaware Department of Insurance, 1351 W. North Street, Dover*
  • Wednesday, March 11 at 10:30AM, Bear Library, 101 Governors Place, Bear*
  • Wednesday, March 18 at 10:00AM, Rockland Place, 1519 Rockland Road, Wilmington*
  • Thursday, March 26 at 10:00AM, CHEER Community Center, 20520 Sandhill Road, Georgetown

*Commissioner Navarro will attend.
Residents who plan to attend are encouraged to RSVP by calling DMAB at (302) 674-7364 or via Eventbrite. Press should RSVP to Christina.Haas@delaware.gov.

Additional events are slated to take place throughout the year and can be found on the DMAB calendar. Details of future events may be subject to change.

“These seminars are geared towards new and soon-to-be Medicare beneficiaries who can meet with our professional staff and ask questions,” said Lakia Turner, DMAB Director. DMAB encourages residents turning 65 this year and those newly eligible for Medicare due to a disability to attend one of the Welcome to Medicare: 2020 sessions. You do not have to be retired or without health insurance to apply for Medicare.

While the annual open enrollment for Medicare takes place October 15 to December 7, residents are eligible to enroll up to three months before the month a person turns 65 and up to three months after their birth month. Applying early helps residents to avoid possible financial penalties, avoid gaps in coverage, and reduce wait time for response from Medicare and DMAB, which experience very high volumes of contact during annual open enrollment.

The Delaware Medicare Assistance Bureau provides free one-on-one health insurance counseling for people eligible for Medicare. Residents can call DMAB at 1(800) 336-7364 or (302) 674-7364 to set up a free confidential counseling session with a trained volunteer at a convenient site throughout the state.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: DNREC to hold second public meeting Aug. 14 in New Castle regarding Croda’s 2018 ethylene oxide release

DNREC LogoDOVER – The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, joined by Croda company officials, will hold a meeting Aug. 14 to update the public about actions taken since Croda’s Nov. 25, 2018 accidental ethylene oxide release, and steps moving forward for Croda. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug.14 at McCullough Middle School, 20 Chase Avenue, New Castle, DE 19720.

 


Source Water Protection Subcommittee to meet March 28 in Dover

DOVER – The Source Water Assessment Plan (SWAP) Subcommittee of the Source Water Assessment and Protection Program will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 28, in the Tidewater Utilities’ training room, located at 1100 South Little Creek Road, Dover, DE 19901. The SWAP Subcommittee’s meeting agenda can be found on the Delaware Public Meeting Calendar at https://publicmeetings.delaware.gov/Meeting/62507.

For more information about the Source Water Assessment and Protection Program, please visit http://delawaresourcewater.org, or contact Source Water Program Hydrologist Douglas Rambo at 302-739-9945.

Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Vol. 49, No. 62


Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act Regulatory Advisory Committee to meet Tuesday, Oct. 9 in New Castle

The logo for the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental ControlDOVER – The fifth meeting of the Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act Regulatory Advisory Committee (RAC) will be held at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Buena Vista Conference Center, Buck Library, 661 South Dupont Highway, New Castle, DE 19720. More information about the Oct. 9. RAC meeting, including the agenda, can be found on the state public meeting calendar at https://publicmeetings.delaware.gov/Meeting/60646.

The four CZCPA work groups – Economic Effect, Environmental Impact, Risk Evaluation and Financial Assurance, and Offsets – also each meet bi-weekly to provide the CZCPA RAC with support on technical subject areas. Work group meetings scheduled in October are:

  • Offsets, 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, Buena Vista Conference Center (Buck Library), 661 South Dupont Highway, New Castle, DE 19720.
  • Economic Effect, 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, Buena Vista Conference Center, Dining Room, 661 South Dupont Highway, New Castle, DE 19720.
  • Risk Evaluation and Financial Assurance, 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16, DNREC’s Grantham Lane Office, West Wing Conference Room, 715 Grantham Lane, New Castle, DE 19720.
  • Offsets, 9 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23, Blackbird DNERR, 801 Blackbird Landing Road, Townsend, DE 19734.
  • Economic Effect, 9 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23, New Castle County Government Center, Executive Office Conference Room, 87 Reads Way, New Castle, DE 19720.
  • Environmental Impact, 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, American Birding Association, 93 Clinton Street, Delaware City, DE 19706.
  • Risk Evaluation and Financial Assurance, 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30, DNREC’s Grantham Lane Office, West Wing Conference Room, 715 Grantham Lane, New Castle, DE 19720.

Upcoming monthly CZCPA RAC meetings, each starting at 9 a.m., are scheduled for the following dates and locations, locations and times:

All RAC meetings and related CZCPA Work Group meetings are open to the public. Information about future meetings also can be found on the Coastal Zone Conversion Permits webpage. For more information, the public can sign up for the Coastal Zone Conservation Permit Act listserv by sending a blank email to join-dnrec_coastal_zone@lists.state.de.us.

Media inquiry: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Vol. 48, No. 272

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Citizens Source Water Protection Committee to meet May 2 in Dover

DOVER – The Source Water Protection Citizens and Technical Advisory Committee (CTAC) of the Source Water Assessment and Protection Program will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 2, in Conference Room 220 A&B of the Kent County Administrative Offices on Bay Road in Dover. The CTAC meeting agenda can be found on the Delaware Public Meeting Calendar at https://publicmeetings.delaware.gov/Meeting/56116.

For more information about the Source Water Assessment and Protection Program, please visit http://delawaresourcewater.org, or contact Source Water Program Hydrologist Douglas Rambo at 302-739-9945.

Vol. 48, No. 90

Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902