Category: Government

Dr. Kara Odom Walker, secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, last month announced an initiative to better prioritize patient outcomes in the state’s health care system. The agency will now give additional weight to what’s called value-based care when determining payment to Medicaid managed care partners. These providers receive Medicaid payments…

(AP) — Delaware’s largest educators union has urged teachers and school staff to participate in three upcoming protests against gun violence. A mass shooting last week at a high school in Parkland, Florida, left 17 people dead and has sparked calls for walkouts, sit-ins and other actions on school campuses around the country. The protests…

(AP) — Delaware education officials are asking lawmakers for more than $52 million in additional spending next year, citing the need for more teachers to address skyrocketing numbers of students identified as having special needs. The request presented to the legislature’s budget committee Thursday includes about $16.4 million for 190 new positions, on top of…

New Castle County has hired the law firm Motley Rice to explore taking action against the pharmaceutical industry for its role in the opioid crisis. “The conduct of multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical companies has caused significant pain and cost so many New Castle County families the lives of their loved ones,” County Executive Matt Meyer said.…

(AP) — The Delaware governor has asked President Donald Trump’s administration to waive a federal renewable fuel rule for Delaware City Refinery. The News Journal of Wilmington reports Gov. John Carney wrote a letter saying the refinery needs mandated purchases of biofuel credits waived to preserve refinery jobs and affordable fuel supplies. Carney cited January’s…