Senate bills nail down ACA health care protections under Delaware law

Gov. John Carney on Wednesday, July 7 stopped by Westside Family Healthcare in Wilmington to sign two pieces of legislation that will protect and expand health care coverage for Delawareans.

Senate Bill 35 codifies consumer protections of the Affordable Care Act in Delaware law, including protections for Delawareans with pre-existing conditions, the guaranteed availability of coverage, and permissible rating factors.

Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 92 will provide dental coverage for all eligible adult Medicaid recipients.

“All Delawareans and Delaware families deserve access to quality, affordable health care,” said Carney. “Both of these pieces of legislation will help us deliver on that promise.”

“Ensuring that Medicaid patients can access primary dental care touches on so much of what we are here to do,” said Senate Majority Whip Bryan Townsend. “It improves health care access for working families, makes our entire health care system more affordable and efficient by expanding preventative and primary care options, and upholds human dignity in a small but incredibly impactful way.”

“Ensuring that Delawareans continue to receive the vital health care they need and deserve is paramount to my mission as Insurance Commissioner,” said Delaware Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro. “Under this bill, Delaware guarantees that the most vulnerable consumers will continue to receive coverage.”

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