State retirees' health plan

Kowalko to file bill allowing retirees to choose health plan

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

    State Rep. John Kowalko on Friday unveiled a bill that will allow retirees to choose between the state’s current special Medicare plan or switch to the Medicare Advantage Plan that’s triggered all kinds of angst. Kowalko, D-Newark, has spearheaded opposition to the plan, saying it will dramatically change the way retirees get their health care. The plan would …

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Legislature to reconvene to tackle Medicare Advantage

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

In response to protests by state government retirees who say they were left in the dark over a significant change to their health insurance, the General Assembly unveiled a bill Monday aimed at creating additional oversight. The House of Representatives and Senate will hold a special session in Dover on Oct. 26 to debate and vote on the bill. Pensioners …

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State retirees protest Carney admin’s Medicare Advantage plan

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Delaware state government retirees gathered in Wilmington Tuesday with a message for Gov. John Carney and his political appointees: “Keep your hands off our Medicare.” The crowd of mostly senior citizens planned to protest outside the Carvel State Office Building, where the governor, attorney general and New Castle County lawmakers have offices. Rain forced them indoors to the city and …

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State retirees sue to stop Medicare Advantage plan

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

A group of Delaware state government retirees and pensioners has filed suit against two government officials tasked with implementing a change in their health insurance coverage. RISE Delaware, an organization formed after state officials announced a plan to transition retirees to a Medicare Advantage program, filed the lawsuit in the Delaware Superior Court. RISE hopes to stop the transition to …

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Change to state retirees’ health insurance prompts angst

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

A change to the health insurance held by retirees of Delaware’s state government is causing an uproar. The state’s requirement that retirees and pensioners switch from original Medicare to a specially-tailored Medicare Advantage plan has led to charges that retirees will lose their doctors or be denied services that are currently covered. That’s not true, said Delaware Secretary of Human …

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Kowalko: House Speaker killed inspector general bill

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

An outgoing Democratic member of the Delaware House of Representatives says House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf blocked his bill to create an office of the inspector general.  Rep. John Kowalko, D-Newark, said the move was typical of Schwartzkopf’s leadership style. That leadership style can be characterized by “coercion, intimidation, incentivizing and reward,” Kowalko said, and the inspector general bill is just …

HB 238 would bar charter schools from giving preference to applicants within a 5-mile radius of the school.

Bill to block 5-mile radius charter preference rule draws heat

Jarek Rutz Delaware Live, Education, Headlines

A bill that would bar charter schools from giving preference in student admissions to those living within a 5-mile radius of the school faced a lot of scrutiny in the Senate Executive Committee Wednesday. House Bill 238 was passed by the House on May 5, although it faced concerns in the House hearings as well.  Rep. Nnamdi Chukwuocha, D-Wilmington, said …

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Bill to create Delaware inspector general moves forward

Ken Mammarella Government & Politics, Headlines

A bill to establish an “independent and nonpartisan” inspector general’s office moved forward Wednesday in a Delaware House committee. The House Administration Committee also moved along a bill to encourage filming in the state by offering tax credits. The committee started discussion to create a constitutional right of a clean environment, but, citing time, continued discussion to Thursday’s committee meeting, …

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Delaware House votes to ban semi-automatic firearms

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

A controversial bill to ban the purchase of semi-automatic firearms in Delaware narrowly passed in the House of Representatives Thursday against the objections of every Republican lawmaker as well as some Democrats. The bill passed 22 to 19 and will advance to the Senate for consideration.  “The intention of this legislation is simple and clear: to make sure that the …

TSD Review May 26

Town Square LIVE Weekly Review – May 26, 2022

Sonja Frey Town Square Live, Weekly Review

This Week’s Top Headlines Include: COMMUNITY Meet Padua Academy’s 4 valedictorians. Yes. 4 $300 rebate checks hitting Delaware mailboxes Newly opened Museum of Nature, Science to get $500,000 from county Clifford Brown Jazz Fest returns June 15-18 featuring Stanley Clarke Here’s what to know about Memorial Day 2022 in Delaware FOOD AND DINING Rosenfeld’s Big Fish opens in Brandywine Hundred …