Category: Health Care

Attorney General Matt Denn announced yesterday that his office is participating in a national coalition of attorneys general investigating drug companies’ role in the opioid epidemic. The coalition is looking at what role opioid manufacturers may have played in “creating or prolonging” the opioid epidemic. “These efforts to hold manufacturers of opioids financially responsible where the…

The Delaware Department of Insurance sent out a notice this week that Highmark Blue Shield Blue Cross of Delaware requested a rate increase of 33.6 percent for 2018. The request came as the insurance industry braces for the end of Affordable Care Act and the cost-sharing subsidies that come with it. “Highmark’s proposed rate increase…

The Beebe Healthcare Board approved a $180 million expansion on June 7 that would increase service in Lewes, Rehoboth, and Millville. The expansion would take place over the next several years. Construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2018. Beebe frames the expansion as a way to keep up with the growth happening…

Safeway stores in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. are recalling deli-prepared fried chicken. Safeway was informed by Newlyweds Foods that the blended bread coating that it provided Safeway to make fried chicken included milk, which was not disclosed as an ingredient. The recall impacts deli fried chicken pieces prepared in and sold from…

The Delaware Medicare Assistance Bureau has posted its 2017 Delaware Medicare Supplement Insurance Shopper’s Guide at www.insurance.delaware.gov/dmab. A print version is available by calling 10800-336-9500. The guide, updated annually, includes price comparisons and toll-free numbers for all Medigap policies sold in Delaware. While Medicare is a federal program, the Bureau offers free services to help…

Gov. John Carney today at 2:00 p.m. will sign a series of bills designed to improve oversight of opiate prescriptions and expand access to treatment.  Legislators, activists, Secretary Dr. Kara Odom of the Department of Health and Social Services, and Attorney General Matt Denn will join the governor for the signing. The three bills address…

First State Compassion Center will open its second license medical marijuana facility in Lewes today, offering 17 Delaware-grown cannabis strains. First State, which operates Delaware’s first licensed facility in Wilmington, will operate its second at 12000 Old Vine Boulevard in The Vineyards in Lewes. The 4,000-square-foot dispensary will be open Monday through Saturday. Weekday hours…