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Dec. 15 Last Day to Sign Up for 2021 Coverage on Delaware’s Health Insurance MarketplaceDate Posted: December 14, 2020
Watch The Delaware Electoral Vote ProceedingsDate Posted: December 14, 2020
Delaware Taps Fund to Replace Diesel-Guzzling School BusesDate Posted: December 14, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH Announce Delaware’s Plan to Distribute the COVID-19 VaccineDate Posted: December 12, 2020
Statement from Attorney General Jennings on Supreme Court’s Texas rulingDate Posted: December 12, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Dec. 11, 2020: Surge in New Positive Cases ContinuesDate Posted: December 11, 2020
Delaware Division of Public Health Announces Availability of Free Mail-Order NaloxoneDate Posted: December 11, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: December 11, 2020
DNREC to Temporarily Close Delaware State Parks Nature Centers Starting Dec. 14Date Posted: December 11, 2020
Statement From Attorney General Jennings On Shooting Of Milford Police OfficerDate Posted: December 11, 2020
2021 Annual Prevailing Wage SurveyDate Posted: December 11, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Additional COVID-19 Restrictions to Confront Winter SurgeDate Posted: December 10, 2020
Individual, Groups, Businesses to Receive Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards at Jan. 18 Virtual CeremonyDate Posted: December 10, 2020
Governor Carney Releases Government Efficiency and Accountability Review (GEAR) Board ReportDate Posted: December 10, 2020
Delaware State Parks Annual Passes, Surf-Fishing Permits on Sale Dec. 16Date Posted: December 10, 2020
COVID-19 Vaccine Update: DPH Receives Ultra-Cold Storage Unit, Finalizes Recommendations on Initial AllocationDate Posted: December 9, 2020
AG Jennings Announces Antitrust Suit Against Facebook  Date Posted: December 9, 2020
Unemployment Benefits Scheduled to Expire December 26, 2020Date Posted: December 9, 2020
Delaware to Issue Emergency Benefits for December to Eligible SNAP, TANF, and General Assistance HouseholdsDate Posted: December 8, 2020
State Treasurer Colleen Davis Appointed Committee Chair For the National Association of State TreasurersDate Posted: December 8, 2020
Hemp producers in Delaware must register growing sites annuallyDate Posted: December 8, 2020
December 8, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: December 8, 2020
Video Explores Four Enslaved People and An AbolitionistDate Posted: December 7, 2020
Attorney General Jennings announces $86.3 million multistate settlement with mortgage servicer NationstarDate Posted: December 7, 2020
Statement from Governor Carney on COVID-19 HospitalizationsDate Posted: December 5, 2020
Winter Weather Awareness Week – December 7-11Date Posted: December 4, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update — Dec. 4, 2020: DPH Continues to Announce Rise in Cases, Hospitalizations, RecoveriesDate Posted: December 4, 2020
Following federal indictment, DOJ reminds public of sexual abuse hotlineDate Posted: December 4, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: December 4, 2020
Zwaanendael Museum Decorated For The HolidaysDate Posted: December 4, 2020
Flags to be lowered December 7 for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance DayDate Posted: December 4, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Stay-at-Home Advisory, Universal Indoor Mask OrderDate Posted: December 3, 2020
Mensaje del gobernador Carney sobre el COVID-19Date Posted: December 3, 2020
Message from Governor Carney on COVID-19Date Posted: December 3, 2020
DNREC Soliciting Grant Applications for Projects to Improve Water Quality in DelawareDate Posted: December 3, 2020
Four Virtual-Programs At State Museums In December 2020Date Posted: December 3, 2020
State Auditor Kathy McGuiness Releases Review of State’s COVID-19 Data DashboardDate Posted: December 2, 2020
“Delaware Day 2020 — Expanding the Delaware Story”Date Posted: December 2, 2020
DNREC’s Electric Vehicle Rebate Program Extended Six MonthsDate Posted: December 2, 2020
Killens Pond State Park to Close to Public Saturday for Cross Country State MeetDate Posted: December 1, 2020
FY2022 Grant Applications for Arts & Community-Based Organizations and Schools Now OpenDate Posted: December 1, 2020
December 1, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: December 1, 2020
Plastic Carryout Bag Ban Effective on Jan. 1, 2021Date Posted: December 1, 2020
State Auditor Kathy McGuiness Unveils Delaware CARES Act Fund TrackerDate Posted: November 30, 2020
Delaware students thrive during in-person learningDate Posted: November 30, 2020
Numerous Delaware Hunting and Trapping Seasons Open in DecemberDate Posted: November 30, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: November 29, 2020
Director Schall Tests Positive for COVID-19Date Posted: November 28, 2020
Statement from Governor Carney on DEMA Director’s Positive COVID-19 TestDate Posted: November 28, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Nov. 27, 2020: New Daily Cases Remain High; Hospitalizations, Deaths Continue to IncreaseDate Posted: November 27, 2020
Delaware Families, Stakeholders Celebrate Adoption with Virtual EventDate Posted: November 25, 2020
Governor Carney Formally Extends State of EmergencyDate Posted: November 25, 2020
DNREC’s Low-Digit Surf-Fishing Tag Auction Starts Black FridayDate Posted: November 25, 2020
DPH, DEMA Provide COVID-19 Testing UpdateDate Posted: November 24, 2020
AG Jennings Announces Multistate Data Breach Settlement With The Home DepotDate Posted: November 24, 2020
Governor Carney Announces $45 Million Higher Education Relief FundDate Posted: November 24, 2020
November 24, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: November 23, 2020
Poinsettia Sale to Run Nov. 23-Dec. 22 at Greenhouse on DHSS’ Herman Holloway CampusDate Posted: November 23, 2020
Two Additional Youth at Stevenson House Test Positive for COVID-19Date Posted: November 23, 2020
Delaware Farmers Encouraged To Participate In Environmental Deeds QuestionnaireDate Posted: November 23, 2020
DNREC’s State Parks, Zoo Waive Entry Fees on Black FridayDate Posted: November 23, 2020
Delaware Emitira Beneficios de Emergencia para Novembre a los Hogares Elegibles de SNAP, TANF, y Asistencia GeneralDate Posted: November 23, 2020
Delaware Will Issue Emergency Benefits for November to Eligible SNAP, TANF, and General Assistance HouseholdsDate Posted: November 23, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: November 20, 2020
YRS Gives COVID Update, Temporarily Suspends VisitationDate Posted: November 20, 2020
Governor Carney Issues Third Revision to Omnibus COVID-19 Emergency Order Date Posted: November 20, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update: November 20, 2020: Highest Single-Day Total of New Cases Reported, Hospitalizations IncreaseDate Posted: November 20, 2020
Christina senior secretary named Delaware’s first Educational Support Professional of the YearDate Posted: November 20, 2020
State Auditor Kathy McGuiness Releases Delaware Volunteer Fire Service Special ReportDate Posted: November 19, 2020
DSHA’s Eviction Defense, COVID-19 Rental Assistance, and Homes for Grads Programs Win National AwardsDate Posted: November 19, 2020
DNREC Opens Brandywine Zoo Madagascar ExhibitDate Posted: November 19, 2020
Delaware’s First Mental Health Parity Examinations CompleteDate Posted: November 19, 2020
Regional Coalition of Northeast Governors: Colleges Will Be Encouraged to Provide Testing for StudentsDate Posted: November 18, 2020
Electronic Tax Filing Requirements for BusinessesDate Posted: November 18, 2020
Additional Direct Support Now Available to Small Businesses Applying for DE Relief GrantsDate Posted: November 18, 2020
Second Suspect Charged For Murder Of Madison SparrowDate Posted: November 17, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Additional COVID-19 RestrictionsDate Posted: November 17, 2020
November 17, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: November 17, 2020
Delaware Launches Free CyberStart America ChallengeDate Posted: November 17, 2020
20 District/Charter Educational Support Professionals of the Year honored, one to be named state winnerDate Posted: November 16, 2020
Delaware Finalist for International Insurance Domicile of the YearDate Posted: November 16, 2020
Delaware Division of Public Health Announces Data Breach IncidentDate Posted: November 15, 2020
Relief Fund’s Community Resiliency Fund Applications Due Nov. 15Date Posted: November 14, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: November 13, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update-Nov. 13, 2020: New Daily Cases Continue to Spike; Hospitalizations, Deaths Continue to IncreaseDate Posted: November 13, 2020
Unified Command For Oil Incident Along Delaware, Maryland Beaches Suspends Cleanup OperationsDate Posted: November 13, 2020
AG Jennings calls on Barr to reverse new policy that “will erode the public’s confidence in the 2020 election”Date Posted: November 13, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH Announce Testing Partnership with Nemours, Pediatric Care Providers across DelawareDate Posted: November 13, 2020
Secretary of State Bullock Sends Diwali Greetings and Well WishesDate Posted: November 13, 2020
Deadline Set For Applying To DE Relief Grant ProgramDate Posted: November 12, 2020
DNREC Issues Croda NOV for Air Quality Permit ViolationsDate Posted: November 12, 2020
Delaware Joins the ALL-IN Foster Adoption ChallengeDate Posted: November 12, 2020
Delaware Public Health Officials Confirm First Flu Case of the 2020-2021 SeasonDate Posted: November 12, 2020
DNREC to Break Ground on Killens Pond Elevated WalkwayDate Posted: November 12, 2020
Delaware Veterans Day 2020Date Posted: November 10, 2020
More Delaware Beaches are Cleared of Oily DebrisDate Posted: November 10, 2020
November 10, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: November 10, 2020
DNREC Natural Resources Police Collect Toys as Holiday Gifts for Delaware ChildrenDate Posted: November 10, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: November 9, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Nov. 6, 2020: Delaware Sees Highest Single-Day Total of New Cases Since Height of PandemicDate Posted: November 6, 2020

NEW CASTLE (Dec. 14, 2020) – Delawareans have until Tuesday, Dec. 15, to sign up for or change their health coverage for 2021 through Delaware’s Health Insurance Marketplace. For those who enroll by the deadline and pay their first premium, coverage will begin Jan. 1, 2021. State residents can sign up for coverage at www.HealthCare.gov or by calling 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325). Free assistance is available through Westside Family Healthcare at 302-472-8655 in New Castle County and 302-678-2205 in Kent and Sussex counties or enrollment@westsidehealth.org. State-licensed insurance agents and brokers also can help individuals enroll or re-enroll and help employers update their coverage, at no extra charge. For contact information and other details about Delaware’s Health Insurance Marketplace, go to www.ChooseHealthDE.com.
Individuals who don’t act by Dec. 15 cannot get 2021 coverage unless they qualify for a Special Enrollment Period based on circumstances such as a loss of qualifying health coverage, change of income, birth or adoption of a child, a permanent move, marriage or divorce, or other qualifying factors.
To speed up the enrollment process, Delawareans should have the following documents or information ready:
Birth dates of those applying for coverage.
Social Security numbers of those applying for coverage.
Pay stubs, W-2 forms or other information detailing your family’s income.
Policy or member numbers for any current health insurance plans.
Information about any health insurance that is available to you or your family through a job.
Your log-in and account information if you have previously enrolled on the Health Insurance Marketplace.
All plans on the marketplace offer essential health benefits such as coverage of pre-existing medical conditions, outpatient care (including telehealth services), emergency services, hospitalization, prescription drugs, mental health and substance use disorder services, lab services, and pediatric services.
Marketplace plans can’t terminate coverage due to a change in health status, including diagnosis or treatment of COVID-19. Check with your health insurance company for their specific benefits and coverage policy. If you already have coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace,
the rules in your marketplace plan for treatment of COVID-19 remain the same as for any other viral infection, but your health insurance company may have added benefits. Log in to HealthCare.gov to update your marketplace application if COVID-19 impacts your income or household. You may be able to change your plan if certain situations apply.
Rates on Delaware’s Health Insurance Marketplace have decreased more than 19 percent on average over the past two years. Monthly premiums for 2021 plans in Delaware are 1 percent lower on average than the 2020 plans. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware is the sole health insurer offering plans on Delaware’s Health Insurance Marketplace. Enrollees can choose from among 12 Highmark plans for 2021 or they will be re-enrolled automatically in a plan similar to their current one.
About 86 percent of last year’s enrollees in Delaware qualified for federal tax credits, which help reduce the cost of the monthly premium. Tax credits are available for those whose household income is between 138 percent and 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. For 2021 coverage, that’s between $17,609 and $51,040 for an individual, or between $36,156 and $104,800 for a family of four.
Plans on the marketplace are spread among metal-level categories – bronze, silver, gold and platinum – and are based on how enrollees choose to split the costs of care with their insurance company. Bronze plans have low monthly premiums but high costs when you need care; gold plans have high premiums but lower costs when you need care. In a silver plan, the insurer pays about 70 percent of medical costs and the consumer pays about 30 percent. For any marketplace plan in 2021, individual consumers can’t pay more than $8,550 in out-of-pocket medical costs and families can’t pay more than $17,100.
“Catastrophic” plans are also available to some people. Catastrophic plans have low monthly premiums and very high deductibles. They may be an affordable way to protect yourself from worst-case scenarios, like getting seriously sick or injured. But you pay most routine medical expenses yourself.
For 2021, Highmark offers 12 plans for individuals and families – three gold plans, three silver, three bronze, two platinum, and one catastrophic. Two dental insurers – Delta Dental of Delaware, Inc. and Dominion Dental Services, Inc. – offer a collective 11 stand-alone dental plans on the marketplace, six with a low actuarial level (70 percent) and five with a high actuarial level (85 percent).
Consumers who pick silver health care plans might qualify for additional savings through discounts on deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance. In Delaware, about 29 percent of current enrollees qualify for cost-sharing reductions.
Through Nov. 28, 7,748 Delawareans had signed up for 2021 coverage through the marketplace, an increase of 5.7% from a similar period last year.
Last year, nearly 24,000 people signed up or renewed their coverage during open enrollment, including about 70 percent during the final three weeks. Open enrollment began Nov. 1.
“I urge Delawareans who need coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace to take action now to enroll,” said Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Secretary Molly Magarik. “Go to HealthCare.gov or take advantage of our local resources to see the 2021 plans and find out if you qualify for financial assistance.”
In addition to the Health Insurance Marketplace, some Delawareans might be eligible for coverage through Delaware’s expanded Medicaid program, which is open year-round. More than 10,000 Delawareans have received coverage under the Medicaid expansion. To be screened for eligibility or to apply for Medicaid benefits, go to Delaware ASSIST.
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NEW CASTLE (Dec. 14, 2020) – Delawareans have until Tuesday, Dec. 15, to sign up for or change their health coverage for 2021 through Delaware’s Health Insurance Marketplace. For those who enroll by the deadline and pay their first premium, coverage will begin Jan. 1, 2021. State residents can sign up for coverage at www.HealthCare.gov or by calling 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325). Free assistance is available through Westside Family Healthcare at 302-472-8655 in New Castle County and 302-678-2205 in Kent and Sussex counties or enrollment@westsidehealth.org. State-licensed insurance agents and brokers also can help individuals enroll or re-enroll and help employers update their coverage, at no extra charge. For contact information and other details about Delaware’s Health Insurance Marketplace, go to www.ChooseHealthDE.com.
Individuals who don’t act by Dec. 15 cannot get 2021 coverage unless they qualify for a Special Enrollment Period based on circumstances such as a loss of qualifying health coverage, change of income, birth or adoption of a child, a permanent move, marriage or divorce, or other qualifying factors.
To speed up the enrollment process, Delawareans should have the following documents or information ready:
Birth dates of those applying for coverage.
Social Security numbers of those applying for coverage.
Pay stubs, W-2 forms or other information detailing your family’s income.
Policy or member numbers for any current health insurance plans.
Information about any health insurance that is available to you or your family through a job.
Your log-in and account information if you have previously enrolled on the Health Insurance Marketplace.
All plans on the marketplace offer essential health benefits such as coverage of pre-existing medical conditions, outpatient care (including telehealth services), emergency services, hospitalization, prescription drugs, mental health and substance use disorder services, lab services, and pediatric services.
Marketplace plans can’t terminate coverage due to a change in health status, including diagnosis or treatment of COVID-19. Check with your health insurance company for their specific benefits and coverage policy. If you already have coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace,
the rules in your marketplace plan for treatment of COVID-19 remain the same as for any other viral infection, but your health insurance company may have added benefits. Log in to HealthCare.gov to update your marketplace application if COVID-19 impacts your income or household. You may be able to change your plan if certain situations apply.
Rates on Delaware’s Health Insurance Marketplace have decreased more than 19 percent on average over the past two years. Monthly premiums for 2021 plans in Delaware are 1 percent lower on average than the 2020 plans. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware is the sole health insurer offering plans on Delaware’s Health Insurance Marketplace. Enrollees can choose from among 12 Highmark plans for 2021 or they will be re-enrolled automatically in a plan similar to their current one.
About 86 percent of last year’s enrollees in Delaware qualified for federal tax credits, which help reduce the cost of the monthly premium. Tax credits are available for those whose household income is between 138 percent and 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. For 2021 coverage, that’s between $17,609 and $51,040 for an individual, or between $36,156 and $104,800 for a family of four.
Plans on the marketplace are spread among metal-level categories – bronze, silver, gold and platinum – and are based on how enrollees choose to split the costs of care with their insurance company. Bronze plans have low monthly premiums but high costs when you need care; gold plans have high premiums but lower costs when you need care. In a silver plan, the insurer pays about 70 percent of medical costs and the consumer pays about 30 percent. For any marketplace plan in 2021, individual consumers can’t pay more than $8,550 in out-of-pocket medical costs and families can’t pay more than $17,100.
“Catastrophic” plans are also available to some people. Catastrophic plans have low monthly premiums and very high deductibles. They may be an affordable way to protect yourself from worst-case scenarios, like getting seriously sick or injured. But you pay most routine medical expenses yourself.
For 2021, Highmark offers 12 plans for individuals and families – three gold plans, three silver, three bronze, two platinum, and one catastrophic. Two dental insurers – Delta Dental of Delaware, Inc. and Dominion Dental Services, Inc. – offer a collective 11 stand-alone dental plans on the marketplace, six with a low actuarial level (70 percent) and five with a high actuarial level (85 percent).
Consumers who pick silver health care plans might qualify for additional savings through discounts on deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance. In Delaware, about 29 percent of current enrollees qualify for cost-sharing reductions.
Through Nov. 28, 7,748 Delawareans had signed up for 2021 coverage through the marketplace, an increase of 5.7% from a similar period last year.
Last year, nearly 24,000 people signed up or renewed their coverage during open enrollment, including about 70 percent during the final three weeks. Open enrollment began Nov. 1.
“I urge Delawareans who need coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace to take action now to enroll,” said Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Secretary Molly Magarik. “Go to HealthCare.gov or take advantage of our local resources to see the 2021 plans and find out if you qualify for financial assistance.”
In addition to the Health Insurance Marketplace, some Delawareans might be eligible for coverage through Delaware’s expanded Medicaid program, which is open year-round. More than 10,000 Delawareans have received coverage under the Medicaid expansion. To be screened for eligibility or to apply for Medicaid benefits, go to Delaware ASSIST.
Print

Related Topics:  ACA, Affordable Care Act (ACA), Coronavirus, Delaware Health Insurance Marketplace, Health Insurance

Keep up to date by receiving a daily digest email, around noon, of current news release posts from state agencies on news.delaware.gov.
Here you can subscribe to future news updates.

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