Letter to the Editor: Prescription drug bill ‘would impede innovation’

In a recent Delaware State News column, the AARP’s Lucretia Young (Nov. 7) said, “Prescription drug prices somehow defy gravity.” I’d like to address that statement, which also appeared in a nearly identical op-ed written by another AARP spokesperson in another state, and discuss the consequences of the bill that Young supports, H.R. 3, the […]

Speak Out: Grant to fight student trauma

With a new federal grant Delaware will increases support for children who have experienced academic, social, and behavioral health challenges as a result of exposure to trauma and toxic stress, state officials said. In a news release Monday, Gov. John Carney announced that Delaware will receive almost $7.5 million over five years from the U.S. […]

Should state’s largest cabinet department be split in two?

DOVER — About one in every five state employees who works in a cabinet agency (which is to say most state workers bar educators) is employed by the Department of Health and Social Services, and a whopping 27 percent of General Fund spending for the current fiscal year goes to the agency. That, in summation, […]

Commentary: Help committee to re-examine DHHS offerings

The most important person in state government is you. That’s true no matter whether we’re addressing school funding, bridge construction or the best structure for Delaware’s leading health agency. The single mom who needs help feeding her family, the son trying to get medicine for his elderly father and everyone else who relies on direct […]

Letter to the Editor: Enact fair surprise-billing reform legislation

Our respective associations representing tens of thousands of physicians across the northeastern United States applaud the many members of the U.S. Congress who are seeking to take action to protect patients from “surprise” medical bills. However, what is needed is a balanced, comprehensive solution to this problem, not a one-sided gift to the insurance industry […]

Letter to the Editor: The importance of Ostomy Support

Ostomies are lifesavers. I know this because my patients would not be here today without their ostomy. They had ostomy surgery because of various medical conditions such as Crohn’s Disease, diverticulitis, or cancer. Unfortunately, some people still delay the decision or choose death over life with an “ostomy bag” due to stigmas and misinformation. People […]

Commentary: Changes boost reach of Hope Clinic services

One local nonprofit renders 2019 an important year as it finalizes a name change, adapts a new logo, and reaches a milestone year. Now known as the Hope Medical Dental Clinic Inc, the organization eagerly celebrates the start of its 16th year of serving the local community. In 2003, HMDCI was founded by the Association […]

Jean & Joan golf tourney marks 20 years

LEWES — One of Sussex County’s longest running charity golf tournament will turn 20 this September. For the founders and countless volunteers who have helped the Jean & Joan Cancer Fund Golf Tournament grow from humble beginnings, it’s another benchmark for the group that has raised more than $550,000 for Beebe Healthcare’s Robert & Eolyne […]

Indian River board OKs reproductive health care at wellness centers

GEORGETOWN — With funding for its two high school wellness centers in jeopardy, Indian River School District will soon be incorporating contraceptive services and reproductive health care in its overall comprehensive health plan. Following a presentation by Dr. Bobby Gulab, senior vice president/chief medical officer for the Beebe Medical Group, Indian River’s board of education, […]

Letter to the Editor: ER chairs uncomfortable

I know that many who have used the Bayhealth Emergency Room would agree with me that the staff at the ER work to wrap the patients and the people with them in a blanket of caring, both literally and figuratively. However, they can do nothing to ease the discomfort of the waiting room furniture. Those […]