Advances in Delaware Legislation: House Bill 281 Limits Medicare Advantage for Current Retirees

Wilmington, Delaware – Lawmakers in Delaware recently passed House Bill 281, which will prevent the state from implementing a Medicare Advantage plan for current retirees, allowing the option to offer the plan to employees hired after Jan. 1, 2025. This decision comes after the Delaware Supreme Court ruling in April prompted adjustments to the legislation to include future employees in the plan. The bill, sponsored by state House Rep. Paul Baumbach, aims to align with …

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Delaware Working Group Recommends Changes to State Retiree Healthcare Benefits, Including Medicare Advantage Plan Elimination

Dover, Delaware – The Retiree Healthcare Benefits Advisory Subcommittee has recommended that Delaware no longer consider a Medicare Advantage plan for state retiree healthcare benefits. The working group was established by the state’s General Assembly a year ago to address concerns about healthcare benefits for current and retired state workers and the growing unfunded liability for those benefits. This recommendation comes after a proposed transition to a Delaware-specific Medicare Advantage plan faced strong opposition from …

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Charges Filed Against Delaware Couple for Kidnapping and Assault of Women with Disabilities

Chester, Pennsylvania residents Michael Swanson, 41, and Nicole Swanson, 37, are facing a multitude of charges after being accused of kidnapping, sexually assaulting, and stealing from two adult women with intellectual disabilities. District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer expressed shock at the lack of moral boundaries displayed by the couple. The investigation began on January 3, 2023, after reports from a concerned family member of one of the victims prompted the Child Abuse and Exploitation Task Force …

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Hospital Spending Oversight Bill Faces Opposition from Health Care Groups in Delaware

Dover, Delaware – Health care groups in Delaware are facing a challenge with a newly proposed bill that aims to establish a state board overseeing hospital spending in an effort to tackle the rising costs of health care. House Substitute 1 for House Bill 350 is looking to create the Diamond State Hospital Cost Review Board, which would be tasked with reviewing and approving annual hospital budgets starting from 2026. Under the proposed bill, hospitals …

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