Businesses urged to revisit insurance needs

DOVER — As phased reopenings begin, the Delaware Department of Insurance is sharing reminders with business owners regarding important measures to take. Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro recommends that businesses revisit their insurance plans in order to verify that they remain active and account for any changes that occurred due to COVID-19 related closures and economic […]

Delaware NAACP wants insurance commissioner to resign over lawsuits

DOVER — The Delaware NAACP on Thursday called for the resignation of Delaware Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro, citing ongoing lawsuits regarding employee claims against him. Also, the NAACP asked the commissioner to refrain from seeking any public office during the upcoming election year. The NAACP said the plaintiffs in both lawsuits are women, one African […]

Reduced driving leads to rebates, reimbursements

DOVER — The Delaware Department of Insurance released a list of consumer-friendly automobile insurer actions that are being implemented due to reduced vehicle use throughout the COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday. As filed with the department, these actions represent millions of dollars being returned to or saved by policyholders throughout the state. The following list may not […]

Insurance Department urges insurers to be flexible in trying times

DOVER — The Department of Insurance is urging health insurers to waive all prior authorization requirements and not to cancel plans due to nonpayment while the coronavirus keeps Delaware in a state of emergency. Prior authorization mandates mean individuals must have certain procedures approved by an insurance company before being treated, which can lead to […]

Coronavirus testing must be covered by insurance, state says

DOVER — Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro is reminding Delawareans and insurers that coronavirus testing is a necessary benefit required to be covered by health care. Insurers and providers should also promote telemedicine to allow people to speak with a doctor remotely, Mr. Navarro said. First diagnosed in Wuhan, China, late last year, this strain of […]

Department of Insurance celebrates response to fraud in 2019

DOVER — The Delaware Department of Insurance reported that it made great strides in fraud detection and response during 2019. Throughout the year, six criminal arrests that included 21 charges were recommended from the Department’s Fraud Prevention Bureau to the Department of Justice and 16 civil cases were brought forward resulting in more than $21,000 […]

Share of uninsured Americans rises for first time in a decade

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans without health insurance edged up in 2018 — the first evidence from the government that coverage gains from President Barack Obama’s health care plan might be eroding under President Donald Trump. The Census Bureau also said in an annual report Tuesday that household income rose last year at its […]

Carney signs Insurance Data Security Act into law

DOVER — Gov. John Carney signed House Bill 174, titled the Delaware Insurance Data Security Act, into law on Wednesday. The law is based on an NAIC Model Act, which establishes a comprehensive regulatory framework requiring insurers licensed to do business in Delaware to implement information security programs, report instances of data breaches in a […]

Commentary: Nearly $1 million in fines levied against Delaware insurance firms

In late 2018, the Delaware Department of Insurance (DOI) initiated and completed examinations of 15 insurance companies that resulted in penalties totaling $948,000. These exams began after the DOI received complaints from consumers who believed they received bad advice concerning annuities. Several Delawareans reported that insurance agents were approaching elderly consumers with recommendations that they […]

Commentary: Reinsurance program would increase access for Delawareans

Under the Affordable Care Act, states were required to create health insurance marketplaces for people who weren’t eligible for coverage at their workplaces, were too young for Medicare, made too much money to be eligible for Medicaid, had aged off their parents’ plans or were self-employed. The first year of enrollment for Delaware’s marketplace began […]