Letter to the Editor: Short-term insurance plans have a place

Delaware’s decision to institute a three-month cap on short-term health insurance plans is a slap in the face to middle-class Americans struggling to afford healthcare. Elsewhere in the country, frugal consumers can utilize short-term insurance to fill their annual health coverage needs. Short-term plans are significantly less expensive than traditional insurance. According to the U.S. […]

Shoppers may face hard choices again on health marketplaces

Insurance shoppers likely will have several choices for individual health coverage this fall. The bad news? There’s no guarantee they will cover certain doctors or prescriptions. Health insurers have stopped fleeing the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces and they’ve toned down premium hikes that gouged consumers in recent years. Some are even dropping prices for 2019. […]

COMMENTARY: New rules to ‘save’ Obamacare not what doctor ordered

Will Trinidad Navarro follow New York’s lead? Seems the various state insurance commissioners held a convention the other week. The interesting outcome was that some of those commissioners, mostly Democrats no doubt, vowed to “save” Obamacare by enacting new rules. The new rules would be intended to frustrate President Trump’s attempts to undo some of […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Alarming change in health care rules

Any day now, the federal government will once again let short-term health insurance plans last for 364 days, instead of capping them at three months like it’s been done since 2017. Short-term health plans are supposed to bridge unexpected gaps in health insurance coverage, but Americans became increasingly reliant on them after major provisions of […]

COMMENTARY: Delaware Nurses Association supports Senate Bill 199

The Delaware Nurses Association (DNA) hereby announces its support for pending Senate Bill 199, which makes several amendments to Delaware Code to mandate improved insurance coverage for primary care services delivered by practitioners in the areas of family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology and psychiatry. We agree with our colleagues at the Medical […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Nothing affordable in Affordable Care Act

As I was listening to the radio the other day, a commercial came on about the Obamacare open enrollment and how individuals should be signing up during open enrollment. Curiosity got the better of me so I decided I would fill out the forms and see what was available. All we’ve heard from the media […]

COMMENTARY: Let’s get control of health care spending in Delaware

For years, Delaware has been on an unsustainable path when it comes to health care costs. We spend more on health care than all but two other states. We trail only Alaska, which has a far-flung rural population, and Massachusetts, which has universal health insurance coverage. Costs here are 27 percent higher than the U.S. […]

COMMENTARY: Should health insurance be sold across state lines?

With the withdrawal of Aetna from Delaware’s Obamacare exchange, some consumers will face a health insurance monopoly. The benchmark silver plan for a 40-year old nonsmoker in Wilmington is projected to cost 49 percent more in 2018 than 2017, and to be the highest cost such plan in the US at $631/month (Kaiser Family Foundation). […]

Delaware Dept. of Insurance adjusting policy after FOIA violation

DOVER — The Delaware Department of Insurance pledged to increase its attention to public information requests after a violation was determined on July 11 involving a Delmar man. While Greg Wood received requested Freedom of Information Act material from the DOI, the response missed the within 15 business days requirement that is state law. Mr. […]

Lone Delaware ACA insurer files for 33.6 percent increase

DOVER — Highmark, the lone insurance to file for the 2018 Affordable Care Act Marketplace, has proposed a 33.6 percent increase in costs, Delaware’s Department of Insurance said Wednesday. The prepared statement from the insurance commissioner’s office said the requested rate increase assumes that the cost-sharing subsidies and individual mandate will not be in place […]