University of Delaware President Dennis Assanis at the board of trustees meeting.

University of Delaware president paints rosy picture to board

Ken MammarellaEducation, Headlines

University of Delaware President Dennis Assanis offered a grab-bag of ideas to the UD board of trustees at their semiannual meeting on Tuesday. They include increasing stipends for graduate students (reaching $24,500 to $36,000, depending on how much they teach and other factors), expanding the honors college (“now exceeding 17,000 applications for 600 spots”), “strengthening our entrepreneurship ecosystem” (hopefully increasing …

The year's biggest data breach involves software called MOVEit. M&T Bank is one of the companies affected. (Towfiqu photo from Unsplash)

M&T among 1,000 places hit so far in huge data breach

Ken MammarellaBusiness, Headlines

The biggest security breach of the year has affected 60 million people so far, including customers of Delaware’s biggest bank, M&T Bank. The hack dates back to the end of May, TechCrunch said, with experts saying that the hackers knew about the vulnerability in the MOVEit software as far back as 2021. Cl0p, a ransomware group linked to Russia, claimed …

Insurance and prescription costs are going up for state retirees. (National Cancer Institute)

State retirees on Medicare to pay 5% more for Medicfill plan

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

People who have retired from the state of Delaware and are now on Medicare will pay 5% more for the state’s special Medicfill insurance plan, a committee decided on Monday. The change starts Jan. 1. The State Employee Benefits Committee had voted in March to increase premiums 9.4% for those on the group health insurance plan but not on Medicare. …

TSD Review March 23

Town Square LIVE Weekly Review – Mar. 23, 2023

Sonja FreyTown Square Live, Weekly Review

Click on the image below to view the PDF This Week’s Top Headlines Include: Community Pete du Pont records archive opens at Hagley Library Gaming, social media can help set up kids for gambling issues Business Development Corp. highlights Riverfront East in hearing Medical marijuana meeting gets testy over testing costs Food & Dining Cooking for a Cause returns March …

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Court halts state switch to Medicare Advantage

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

The state’s plan to transition state government retirees’ health insurance from original Medicare to a privately-managed Medicare Advantage plan has been temporarily blocked.  A Delaware Superior Court judge on Wednesday ordered the state to halt implementation of the plan until the case is fully adjudicated.  The court will schedule a trial to make a final determination on the fate of …

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Legislature to reconvene to tackle Medicare Advantage

Charles MegginsonGovernment, 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 MegginsonGovernment, 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 MegginsonGovernment, 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 MegginsonGovernment, 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 …

TSD July 22 2021

Town Square LIVE Weekly Review – July 22, 2021

Sonja FreyTown Square Live, Weekly Review

Hover over the image below and a gray bar pops up at the bottom. From here, you can scroll through the pdf, forward and backward, zoom in or out in 10% increments, download the PDF, or view in full-screen mode. [pdf-embedder url=”https://townsquaredelaware.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/TSD-July-22-2021.pdf” title=”TSD July 22-2021″] This Week’s Top Headlines Include: Community With weekend Artisan Market a success, Winterthur plans to …