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Court halts state switch to Medicare Advantage

Charlie MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

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

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Legislature to reconvene to tackle Medicare Advantage

Charlie 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

Charlie MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

Delaware state government retirees gathered in Wilmington Tuesday with a message for Gov. John Carney and his political appointees: ā€œKeep your hands off our Medicare.ā€ 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 skeptical of new Medicare Advantage plan

Charlie MegginsonHeadlines, Government

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield has agreed to delay the prior authorization requirement on state retireesā€™ new Medicare Advantage health insurance plan by four months. The announcement, made before a crowd of state retirees and pensioners, drew laughs and jeers from the crowd gathered at Goldey Beacom College in Pike Creek Valley.Ā  ā€œHow about delay it by 40 years,ā€ one …


Change to state retireesā€™ health insurance prompts angst

Charlie MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

A change to the health insurance held by retirees of Delawareā€™s state government is causing an uproar. The stateā€™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. Thatā€™s not true, said Delaware Secretary of Human …