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DHSS Press Release

Dr. Kara Odom Walker, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498

Date: October 31, 2017


WHAT: Governor John Carney and DHSS Secretary Dr. Kara Odom Walker will be joined by Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro, Westside Family Healthcare President/CEO Lolita Lopez and others for a kickoff event for the fifth year of Delaware's Health Insurance Marketplace. The press conference also will feature an enrollee on Delaware's Health Insurance Marketplace. Open enrollment, through, begins Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 15. About 27,000 Delawareans are getting health insurance through the marketplace in 2017, with about 80 percent receiving financial assistance to help pay their monthly premiums. Individuals who don't enroll 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 insurance agents and brokers are all authorized to assist with enrollments at no cost. For more information on Delaware's marketplace, go to
WHEN: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1
WHERE: Westside Family Healthcare's Northeast Health Center, 908-B E. 16th St., Wilmington
WHO: Governor John Carney
Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro
DHSS Secretary Dr. Kara Odom Walker
Westside Family Healthcare President/CEO Lolita Lopez
Maria Cabrera, federal navigator with Chatman LLC
Enrollee on Delaware's Health Insurance Marketplace
DETAILS: For more on Delaware's Health Insurance Marketplace, go to . To compare plans now and to enroll starting Nov. 1, go to

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.