Affordable Care Act http://publicradiodelmarva.net en Delaware Meeting Revised Federal Goals for ACA Sign Ups http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/delaware-meeting-revised-federal-goals-aca-sign-ups <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials will provide an update on enrollment in Delaware's health insurance exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act.</p><p>As the open enrollment period for this year expired late last month, officials said Delaware already had met and exceeded a federal target of 8,000 enrollments.</p><p>Officials planned to provide more exact figures and demographic data on enrollees to the state health care commission on Thursday.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:34:18 +0000 Don Rush 52333 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Delaware Meeting Revised Federal Goals for ACA Sign Ups Delaware Working Up To Midnight Deadline to Sign Up Residents for Health Insurance http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/delaware-working-midnight-deadline-sign-residents-health-insurance <p>WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The clock is ticking for Delaware residents who want to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp;</p><p>With the open enrollment period for Delaware's health insurance exchange expiring at midnight Monday, officials are urging those who have not yet signed up to do so.</p><p>Health and Social Services officials said there were 18 locations around the state where residents could get help enrolling in the exchange. St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington was offering help right up to the midnight deadline.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:56:26 +0000 Don Rush 51728 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Delaware Working Up To Midnight Deadline to Sign Up Residents for Health Insurance Deadline Looms for Troubled MD Health Insurance Exchange http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/deadline-looms-troubled-md-health-insurance-exchange <p>BALTIMORE (AP) - Uninsured Maryland residents are facing a deadline to enroll in a health care plan in a state that still has serious computer problems with its online health exchange.</p><p>The deadline for enrollment without paying an IRS penalty under the federal health care overhaul is midnight Monday.</p><p>People can get help enrolling in person at locations around the state. The Maryland Health Connection website has a list of places around the state.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:56:04 +0000 Don Rush 51721 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Deadline Looms for Troubled MD Health Insurance Exchange Last Minute Push In Delaware To Get Sign Ups for Health Care Law http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/last-minute-push-delaware-get-sign-ups-health-care-law <p>WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper are joining Delaware's health and social services secretary to encourage state residents to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>Open enrollment on Delaware health insurance exchange for coverage this year ends at midnight Monday.</p><p>With the deadline fast approaching, Delaware officials planned to gather Friday in Wilmington in a last-minute push to encourage residents to sign up for coverage.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:28:14 +0000 Don Rush 51600 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Last Minute Push In Delaware To Get Sign Ups for Health Care Law Help For MD Health Exchange Enrollees, Senator Carper Urges Sign Ups http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/help-md-health-exchange-enrollees-senator-carper-urges-sign-ups <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's health exchange board has adopted a plan to help people who have tried to enroll before the deadline at the end of the month but were unable to complete an application.</p><p>The board approved the plan Tuesday.</p><p>Maryland's online health exchange has been plagued with computer problems since its Oct. 1 debut.</p><p>Under the plan adopted by the board, consumers will be able to let the exchange know that they have started an application but have been unable to finish it.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:04:43 +0000 Don Rush 51067 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Help For MD Health Exchange Enrollees, Senator Carper Urges Sign Ups More Than 6,500 Delawareans Sign Up On State Health Exchange http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/more-6500-delawareans-sign-state-health-exchange <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Federal officials say slightly more than 6,500 Delaware residents have signed up on the state's health insurance exchange as of March 1.</p><p>The numbers released by the Obama administration on Tuesday are lower than the roughly 7,000 enrollees as of Feb. 28 that were reported by state officials last week.</p><p>Delaware officials noted that the state's total includes those who enrolled directly with their insurance company for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, as well as those who enrolled through the exchange.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:30:27 +0000 Don Rush 50675 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net More Than 6,500 Delawareans Sign Up On State Health Exchange Seven Thousand Sign Up on Delaware Health Exchange http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/seven-thousand-sign-delaware-health-exchange <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials say about 7,000 Delawareans have chosen private insurance plans under the federal Affordable Care Act.</p><p>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</p><p>Officials are no longer reporting how many people have actually paid for coverage, as opposed to simply choosing a plan.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:21:22 +0000 Don Rush 50349 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Seven Thousand Sign Up on Delaware Health Exchange Call for Congressional Investigation Into MD's Trouble Health Exchange http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/call-congressional-investigation-mds-trouble-health-exchange <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Republican Maryland congressman says he believes the investigative arm of Congress should look into problems with the state's health care exchange website.</p><p>The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Wednesday agreed to a request from a group of House Republicans to audit how $304 million in federal grants were spent on the Oregon health exchange website. A GAO spokesman says other states with troubled exchanges will be included as the investigation goes forward.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:55:44 +0000 Don Rush 50345 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Call for Congressional Investigation Into MD's Trouble Health Exchange Virginia Legislature Splits on Medicaid Expansion http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/virginia-legislature-splits-medicaid-expansion <p>The Virginia House and Senate split over whether to accept federal Medicaid funds to expand health insurance to as many as 400-thousand low-income residents.</p><p>The Republican controlled House voted against the expansion of eligibility when they approved their version of the state budget.</p><p>Meanwhile, the Democratically controlled Senate with a few Republicans going along voted for the expanded coverage.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:29:33 +0000 Don Rush 49666 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Virginia Legislature Splits on Medicaid Expansion Surge in Sign Ups for Health Coverage in Delaware http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/surge-sign-ups-health-coverage-delaware <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say enrollment in the state's new health insurance exchange increased by almost 60 percent in the past month.</p><p>Officials told the Delaware Health Care Commission on Thursday that 5,062 people had enrolled in the state's exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act as of Jan. 31. That's up from 3,183 enrollments reported last month.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:12:32 +0000 Don Rush 48956 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Surge in Sign Ups for Health Coverage in Delaware MD Health Insurance Back Up Passes Senate http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/md-health-insurance-back-passes-senate <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has given final approval to a bill to help people who could not enroll in a private health plan on Maryland's health exchange website due to computer problems last year.</p><p>The Senate voted 34-7 on Wednesday to agree with changes made by the House.</p><p>The change requires the Maryland Health Insurance Plan to report to legislative panels about how enrollment is going for people who sought coverage for Jan. 1 but couldn't get through the website in time.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:18:03 +0000 Don Rush 48420 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net MD Health Insurance Back Up Passes Senate MD Stop Gap Health Insurance Plan Set for Final Vote http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/md-stop-gap-health-insurance-plan-set-final-vote <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A final vote is near on a measure to help people who could not enroll in a private health plan on Maryland's health exchange website due to computer problems last year.</p><p>The Senate, which already approved a version of the bill, could take up final passage as soon as Wednesday on the bill that has some changes made by the House of Delegates.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:56:07 +0000 Don Rush 48404 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net MD Stop Gap Health Insurance Plan Set for Final Vote MD House To Vote on Health Insurance Backup Plan http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/md-house-vote-health-insurance-backup-plan <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's House of Delegates will likely vote Tuesday on a plan to help residents who have struggled with the state's health insurance exchange online.</p><p>The bill would let customers sign up for retroactive coverage in the Maryland Health Insurance Plan, a separate safety net plan.&nbsp;</p><p>Private insurance companies in the health exchange opened similar retroactive coverage options, but a deadline to register was last week.</p><p>The Senate approved the bill Jan. 21.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 13:28:16 +0000 Don Rush 48283 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net MD House To Vote on Health Insurance Backup Plan Maryland Stays Course With Its Health Insurance Exchange http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/maryland-stays-course-its-health-insurance-exchange <p>Governor Martin O’Malley says the administration will stay with its own troubled health insurance exchange in the run up to the March 31<sup>st</sup> deadline for open enrollment instead moving to the federal website.</p><p>Maryland state officials also say they will be reaching out to customers in an agreement with insurers to provide retroactive coverage for those who were not successful in signing up on the state exchange.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 13:33:03 +0000 Don Rush 47717 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Maryland Stays Course With Its Health Insurance Exchange Governor Says Maryland Will Meet Health Insurance Exchange Goals http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/governor-says-maryland-will-meet-health-insurance-exchange-goals <p>Governor Martin O’Malley says he believes that Maryland’s troubled health insurance exchange will meet its enrollment goal by the end of March.</p><p>During an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” O’Malley admitted there were problems with the complex technology but said that the state is more than half way towards meeting its goal.</p><p>While exceeding expectation on the Medicaid front the state has only enrolled just over 20-thosuand people in private plans.</p><p>The goal is 150-thousand.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:25:42 +0000 Don Rush 47590 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Governor Says Maryland Will Meet Health Insurance Exchange Goals ACA Enrollment Numbers in Delaware http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/aca-enrollment-numbers-delaware <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say 1,145 people have enrolled in the state's new health insurance exchange and paid their first premiums under the federal health care reform law.</p><p>Officials on Thursday also reported that 5,732 Delawareans have been identified as potentially newly eligible for Medicaid coverage, including expanded coverage that is part of the Affordable Care Act.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 15:52:42 +0000 Don Rush 47466 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net ACA Enrollment Numbers in Delaware Troubled MD Health Exchange Could Turn to Feds http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/troubled-md-health-exchange-could-turn-feds <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Rep. John Delaney is formally asking for a specific assessment of the idea of switching to the federal health exchange while Maryland's computer-troubled exchange is being repaired.</p><p>Delaney made the request in a letter Monday to Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, the state's health secretary.</p><p>Delaney raised the possibility of a switch last month. He writes that Maryland could make the switch in whole or in part or on a temporary basis.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 16:45:26 +0000 Don Rush 47231 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Troubled MD Health Exchange Could Turn to Feds Good News for Health Coverage of Maryland Children http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/good-news-health-coverage-maryland-children <p>Amid the troubles with the Affordable Care Act rollout, there is good news for health coverage of children in Maryland.&nbsp; Maryland News Connection reporter Allison&nbsp; Burns has the story on a new report.</p><p></p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 14:41:35 +0000 Don Rush 45305 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Good News for Health Coverage of Maryland Children MD Extends Individual Policies That Don't Conform to ACA http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/md-extends-individual-policies-dont-conform-aca <p>BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's insurance commissioner says individual policies that don't comply with the federal health care overhaul can be extended through the end of next year.</p><p>Insurance Commissioner Therese Goldsmith said in a memo to insurers Tuesday that they can renew such policies for 2014 as long as the renewals take effect before Jan. 1.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:02:05 +0000 Don Rush 45012 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net MD Extends Individual Policies That Don't Conform to ACA Obamacare Update for Delaware http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/obamacare-update-delaware <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's health and social services secretary is updating a state panel on the federal health care reform effort in Delaware.</p><p>Secretary Rita Landgraf was scheduled to brief the Delaware Health Care Commission on Thursday about enrollment in the state's new health insurance exchange.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:13:53 +0000 Don Rush 44675 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Obamacare Update for Delaware Few Yet to Sign Up in Delaware for Coverage Under ACA http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/few-yet-sign-delaware-coverage-under-aca <p>WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - More than a month after the launch of Delaware's health insurance exchange, officials report only four Delawareans enrolled for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>As of Tuesday, Delaware's marketplace guide organizations reported four enrollments, 31 enrollment applications completed and 218 accounts created for possible enrollment.</p><p>Four community organizations were hired to provide marketplace guides, using a $4 million federal grant.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 14:22:30 +0000 Don Rush 44278 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Few Yet to Sign Up in Delaware for Coverage Under ACA Congressman Andy Harris Opposed Budget Deal http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/congressman-andy-harris-opposed-budget-deal <p>Congressman Andy Harris opposed last night&rsquo;s bipartisan deal that reopened the federal government and extended the nation&rsquo;s debt ceiling.</p><p>The Eastern Shore Republican in a statement that he could not back a measure that would continue spending levels and does not reduce the $650-billion budget deficit.</p><p>He also blasted the continuing exemption of congressional members from the Affordable Care Act as well as other &ldquo;accounting gimmicks.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:37:27 +0000 Don Rush 43082 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Congressman Andy Harris Opposed Budget Deal Delaware Declares It's First Health Insurance Exchange Enrollee http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/delaware-declares-its-first-health-insurance-exchange-enrollee <p>SELBYVILLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are celebrating the state&#39;s first health insurance exchange enrollee.</p><p>Department of Health and Social Service officials have declared 59-year-old Janice Baker of Selbyville the first confirmed resident to enroll in the marketplace. It opened Oct. 1 as part of the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 14:12:38 +0000 Don Rush 43007 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Delaware Declares It's First Health Insurance Exchange Enrollee Still Rocky Start for Delaware Health Exchange http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/still-rocky-start-delaware-health-exchange <p></p><p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say they&#39;re still experiencing problems with the launch of the state&#39;s new health insurance exchange.</p><p>Officials as of Thursday have yet to confirm a single enrollment in the exchange, part of the federal health care reform effort.</p><p>The state health care commission also was told that only about half of the 68 &quot;marketplace guides&quot; being hired to teach people about the exchange and help them enroll have been fully certified, with many still awaiting completion of federal criminal background checks.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:45:48 +0000 Don Rush 42770 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Still Rocky Start for Delaware Health Exchange ACA Aids in Breast Cancer Care http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/aca-aids-breast-cancer-care <p>October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month.&nbsp;</p><p>And, this year the Affordable Care Act that just saw the health exchanges get up and running, marking a major shift in women&#39;s access to for their health care needs.</p><p>Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 17:12:31 +0000 Don Rush 42629 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net ACA Aids in Breast Cancer Care Thousands Sign Up for MD Health Insurance Exchange, But Technical Problems Remain http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/thousands-sign-md-health-insurance-exchange-technical-problems-remain <p>BALTIMORE (AP) - Officials say more than 13,000 residents have created accounts on Maryland&#39;s online marketplace for health insurance.</p><p>But technical issues remain in using Maryland Health Connection, the state-based health insurance marketplace, officials said Monday.</p><p>Becca Pearce, the executive director, said in an emailed statement that the Connection&#39;s technical team has added server capacity and plans to update the system&#39;s software.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 12:36:43 +0000 Don Rush 42538 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Thousands Sign Up for MD Health Insurance Exchange, But Technical Problems Remain Ironing Out the Glitches in the Health Insurance Exchanges http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/ironing-out-glitches-health-insurance-exchanges <p>Delaware residents and millions around the nation flooded the computers of the health insurance exchanges on Day 3 of open enrollment.</p><p>Delaware has decided to add two multi-state plans to the 19 that it already offers under the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>Delaware&rsquo;s Secretary of Health and Social Services Rita Landgraf says that 4-thousand paper forms have been ordered to meet demand.</p><p>But those will only be used by higher-income buyers who earn too much to quality for a federal subsidy.</p><p>Landgraf says she hopes to have more than 70 guides and navigators in place.</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:41:33 +0000 Don Rush 42346 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Ironing Out the Glitches in the Health Insurance Exchanges Maryland Officials to Smooth Out Health Exchange Operations http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/maryland-officials-smooth-out-health-exchange-operations <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland residents are still finding delays with the state&#39;s new online marketplace for health insurance.</p><p>The Maryland Health Connection website on Wednesday informed website users that the online marketplace may be temporarily unavailable as technicians conduct maintenance and test improvements in performance.</p><p>The website had problems on Tuesday almost as soon as it opened.</p><p>The website couldn&#39;t handle the volume of people trying to create accounts all at once.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 12:32:57 +0000 Don Rush 42286 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Maryland Officials to Smooth Out Health Exchange Operations Reaction Comes in From Government Shutdown http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/reaction-comes-government-shutdown <p>The district offices of Congressman Andy Harris have been closed and his district staff furloughed as the effect of the government shutdown begins to spread.</p><p>The Eastern Shore Republican says he is preparing to donate his paycheck as the government shutdown takes hold.</p><p>His Washington office will be manned by two staff members.</p><p>In a statement issued on Tuesday Harris blamed the President and Senate for the shutdown calling the Affordable Care Act a disaster that will cripple the Maryland economy.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 13:29:05 +0000 Don Rush 42224 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Reaction Comes in From Government Shutdown Delaware and Maryland Begin Implementing Obamacare http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/delaware-and-maryland-begin-implementing-obamacare <p><strong>Delaware </strong></p><p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say they&#39;re ready for open enrollment to begin in the state&#39;s new health insurance exchange.</p><p>But officials acknowledge that glitches are likely as a key component of the federal health reform law is launched Tuesday.</p><p>Among other things, not all of the 68 marketplace guides being hired to help people learn about and enroll in the health care exchange will be in place when open enrollment begins.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:06:51 +0000 Don Rush 42150 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Delaware and Maryland Begin Implementing Obamacare