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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Cell 302-357-7498

Date: November 7, 2013


WHAT: Delaware Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf will give an update on activity occurring on Delaware's Health Insurance Marketplace - including outreach activity, plan management, enrollments, and Medicaid - at the next meeting of the Delaware Health Care Commission, the public entity that reviews activities surrounding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
WHEN: 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14
WHERE: Duncan Center, 500 Loockerman Street, Dover, DE 19904
DETAILS: Secretary Landgraf will provide an update on the latest, verified number of Delawareans who have enrolled through the marketplace, either on their own or with help from the state's marketplace guides or other state and federal consumer assistance workers. Media reports this week were based solely on enrollments completed through the marketplace guides and do not reflect accurate, verified totals to date. The reports did not include the number of accounts and applications created.

Statement from DHSS Secretary Rita Landgraf
"At next Thursday's Health Care Commission meeting I will provide an updated review of progress to date for Delaware's federally supported health insurance marketplace. The Health Care Commission has been and continues to be the public entity that informs and guides the decisions about health care reform in our state. While you may have seen some piecemeal numbers about activity on the marketplace, they clearly do not reflect the entire picture. I know, for example, that at least 50 Delawareans have enrolled and many more have created applications and can now shop among the plans before enrolling. My presentation will provide that larger context along with a reminder that the Affordable Care Act is the means by which we will be able to reduce the number of uninsured Delawareans by connecting them to affordable, quality health insurance and quality care. It is important that consumers take the time to review their options before choosing a plan that's right for them. The open enrollment process is under way through March 31, 2014."

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.