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Retiree skewers subcommittee for possible change in benefits

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

A retiree’s voice broke as she recounted to the SEBC Retiree Benefits Subcommittee on Friday what it would mean for her health coverage to change. “About 10 days ago, my husband was diagnosed with cancer,” Diana Noonan said in the Zoom call. “He had scheduled for surgery next week. And the word cancer is daunting, and it’s also been frightening, …

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State sets May 3 memorial ceremony for COVID dead

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

A memorial tree and plaque will be unveiled during a Delaware COVID-19 memorial ceremony. Photo by Pascal Muller/Unsplash   The state will hold a memorial ceremony May 3 to remember the Delaware parents, siblings, children and friends  and those who have died so far because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and those whose lives have been affected by those losses. It …

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Del. health department marks 100,000 substance abuse treatment referrals

Charles MegginsonHeadlines, Health

Katy L. Pack/Getty Images The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services has surpassed a milestone of 100,000 Delawareans to substance use and mental health services. Referrals are made through the Delaware Treatment and Referral Network, conducted by the agency’s Division of Substance Use and Mental Health. Delaware is the first state to make more than 100,000 referrals using the …

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State COVID funds to provide bonuses for healthcare workers

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

Delaware will give hospitals, longterm care and state facilities $75 million to pay worker bonuses.   Delaware will spend more than $75 million of federal COVID-19 relief funds for hospitals, long-term care centers and state operated facilities to provide hiring and retention bonuses to workers. The money is aimed at alleviating staffing shortages in the medical field by enabling providers …