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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498
Email: jill.fredel@delaware.gov

Date: December 9, 2016


WHAT: In the final days leading up to the Dec. 15 deadline to sign up for coverage on Delaware's Health Insurance Marketplace for it to be effective on Jan. 1, 2017, enrollees, Marketplace navigators and federal, state and local officials will join Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf and Westside Family Healthcare President and CEO Lolita Lopez for a press conference at an enrollment location. Through Nov. 26, 5,875 Delawareans have enrolled or re-enrolled for health insurance through the Marketplace, an increase of 7.3 percent over a comparable period last year. Open enrollment through HealthCare.gov continues through Jan. 31. Individuals who don't enroll by Jan. 31 may face a $695 penalty per adult ($347.50 for each child younger than 18) or 2.5 percent of their annual household income, whichever is higher. Navigators, assisters and some insurance agents and brokers are all authorized to assist with enrollments at no cost. For more information on Delaware's marketplace, go to www.ChooseHealthDE.com.
WHEN: 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12
WHERE: Westside Family Healthcare, 404 Fox Hunt Drive, Bear.
WHO: Secretary Rita Landgraf,
Department of Health and Social Services
Westside Family Health Healthcare President and CEO Lolita Lopez
U.S. Representative-Elect Lisa Blunt Rochester (invited)
Paul Reynolds, Chief of Staff, Department of Insurance
Rachel Linstead Goldsmith, Enroll America
Health Insurance Marketplace Navigators
Enrollees on Delaware's Marketplace
DETAILS: For more information on Delaware's Health Insurance Marketplace, go to www.ChooseHealthDE.com. To compare plans now and to enroll by Dec. 15 for coverage to be effective Jan. 1, go to HealthCare.gov. Open enrollment continues through Jan. 31, 2017.

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.