As the nation prepares to launch the Health Exchanges under the Affordable Care Act Maryland state officials expect to sign up to 5-thousand uninsured in the tri-county area of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester by March 31st , which is the end of open enrollment.
That’s out of 23-thousand that are not insured.
And state health officials estimate that 90 percent of those uninsured would actually quality for a federal subsidy to buy insurance.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials overseeing Delaware's implementation of the federal health care reform law still don't know what residents will pay for health care coverage under a new state health insurance exchange.
Officials expect to begin enrolling some 35,000 people in the health insurance exchange starting Oct. 1, for coverage effective Jan. 1, 2014.
Former South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint railed against the Affordable Care Act yesterday during a national stop in Brandywine Hundred calling it un-American.
The Republican left office to head up the conservative Heritage Foundation and has been active in calling for repeal of the law.
Speaking to an enthusiastic crowd he warned that the law will not allow doctors to be paid enough to provide quality care and said he had other solutions to providing increased medical coverage such as tax cuts to businesses for health care coverage.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A conservative group that wants Congress to defund the Obama administration's health care reform law is bringing its message to Delaware.
Thursday evening's event in Wilmington marks the end of a nine-city tour in which Heritage Action for America has been rallying support for its call to defund the Affordable Care Act is planning a town hall meeting in Pittsburgh.
Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md) says he backs tying the an increase in the debt ceiling with undoing the Affordable Card Act. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with the Eastern Shore Republican at a town hall meeting in Fruitland.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland will make information related to its health benefit exchange available through public information requests.
But the state's Public Information Act does prevent disclosure of confidential commercial or financial information. Rebecca Pearce, executive director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, says information that could cause substantial harm to the competitive position of the contractor would not be subject to the state's public information laws.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland has announced the launch of a program to help residents get health insurance under the federal health care law.
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange announced the start of the Connector Program on Thursday. About $24 million in state and federal grants will be used to fund six organizations. They will provide consumer assistance and enrollment resources throughout Maryland.
Brown says the initiative will create more than 300 jobs.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - The national health care reform law is expected to bring new challenges to Delaware's substance abuse treatment system.
Federal officials estimate that some 5,300 addicts in Delaware would be newly eligible for insurance in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act. That number grows to about 8,500 if Delaware also expands its Medicaid program, as Gov. Jack Markell has proposed.
The Sussex County Government could be hit with a $245-thousand federal excise tax on its family health insurance plans beginning in 2018 unless it cuts its insurance costs.
The County Council said it learned about the issue when briefed on the impact of the Affordable Care Act.
The Wilmington News Journal reports that county accounting director Gina Jennings said because the total premiums paid for their plan are expected to go above $27,500 per family by 2018 the federal government will impose an additional tax on those plans.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - By a single Senate vote, the General Assembly accepted Gov. Bob McDonnell's amendment denying abortion coverage to people who buy policies through Virginia's federally funded health insurance exchange.
McDonnell's amendment to House Bill 1900 had passed the House 55-37 with seven delegates not voting earlier Wednesday. It eked through the Senate after opponents in both parties argued it abridges not only the right of women to buy their own policies, but what businesses can and can't sell.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A study estimates medical claims costs in Maryland could jump 67 percent for residents' individual policies by 2017 under the federal health care overhaul, but a state official says the study is flawed because it doesn't consider unique steps taken to ease pressure on rates.
The increase cited in a report released Tuesday by the Society of Actuaries says much of the reason for the higher claims costs is that sicker people are expected to join the pool.
Governor Jack Markell met with President Obama at the White House yesterday telling him that if a deal is not reached to avert the fiscal cliff the cuts in Medicaid would force states to rethink expansion of health care for the poor under Obamacare.
Markell is chair of the National Governors Association and led a six member delegation to meet with the nation’s chief executive.