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DHSS Press Release



Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Cell 302-357-7498
Email: jill.fredel@state.de.us

Date: November 10, 2014
DHSS-11-2014





MEDIA ADVISORY


WHAT: Press Briefing on the Kickoff of the Second Enrollment Year for Delaware's Health Insurance Marketplace
WHEN: 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 14
WHERE: Delaware Technical Community College, Stanton Campus
Conference Room A116,
400 Stanton-Christiana Road, Newark
SPEAKERS: Sen. Tom Carper
Dr. Mark Brainard, President, Delaware Technical Community College
Secretary Rita Landgraf, Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS)
Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart, Department of Insurance
Michelle Amadio, Director of the Delaware Health Insurance Marketplace
Two enrollees of Delaware's Health Insurance Marketplace
DETAILS: This press conference will serve as the formal kickoff for year two of Delaware's Health Insurance Marketplace. Annual enrollment begins Nov. 15, 2014, and runs through Feb. 15, 2015. In order for coverage to begin Jan. 1, 2015, Delawareans must enroll by Dec. 15, 2014. U.S. Sen. Tom Carper will offer his support for the Affordable Care Act and Delaware's Marketplace. DHSS Secretary Rita Landgraf and Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart will detail the state's progress in increasing access to affordable health insurance for Delawareans who are uninsured or underinsured. Two newly insured Delawareans will talk about how their lives have changed since enrolling in coverage through the Marketplace. One of the enrollees will speak in Spanish, with translation done by his wife. Since Oct. 1, 2013, 14,397 Delawareans have enrolled on the Marketplace, and another 9,001 individuals have enrolled through the state's Medicaid expansion.
NOTE: There will be an opportunity for one-on-one interviews with the speakers after the program.


Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.





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