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 […]

Speak Out: Insurance guarantees

Legislation released from a Democratic-controlled Senate committee Wednesday would codify one of the core tenets of the Affordable Care Act by guaranteeing individuals access to health care. Senate Bill 35 would insert into Delaware law several of the provisions of the ACA, also known as Obamacare, that seek to allow more people to obtain coverage. […]

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 […]