Insurance marketplace rates to drop slightly in 2021

DOVER — There’s good news ahead regarding affordability associated with the Affordable Care Act, State Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro says. While coverage costs through the Delaware Health Insurance Marketplace (DHIM) won’t drop like the approximate 19% rate of 2020, monthly premiums will still be reduced by 1% on average in 2021, according to the Delaware […]

Individuals, businesses to get $21.5 million in health insurance rebates

DOVER — After announcing a reduction of Delaware Health Insurance Marketplace rates for the upcoming enrollment year, state Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro said there is more good news for residents who purchase insurance on the marketplace, for those who purchase Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware plans outside of the exchange in the individual market […]

Insurance Department touts life insurance tool

DOVER — The Delaware Department of Insurance announced Monday one of its free tools has helped beneficiaries of life insurance policies collect $3.5 million. The office said its Life Insurance Policy Locator simplifies what can often be a long and frustrating process. Since November 2016, 1,116 requests have been submitted here, with 387 matches. “The […]

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 […]