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Delaware Launches Health Insurance Marketplace

By Bara Vaida
WebMD Health News

Reviewed by Lisa Zamosky

Aug. 1, 2013 -- Delaware has launched a new web site that explains the options, eligibility, and coverage available in the state's health insurance Marketplace, created under the Affordable Care Act.

"This is the first step of our process of getting our consumers educated and familiar with the" Marketplace, says James Grant, spokesman for Delaware Health and Social Services.

The site, Choose Health Delaware, offers information for individuals and business owners and is available in English and Spanish. Delaware is running its Marketplace in partnership with the federal government. All insurance purchased through the Marketplace will be bought at Healthcare.gov.

The state also has hired four community-based organizations, Brandywine Women's Health Associates, Christiana Care, the Delmarva Foundation, and Westside Family Healthcare, whose staff will help people understand their choices, navigate through the Marketplace, and buy insurance. The guides will also be able to meet in person and help people enroll. Enrollment begins Oct. 1 for coverage starting Jan. 1, 2014.

Three insurance companies, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Coventry Health and Life Insurance, and Coventry Health Care of Delaware, will sell major medical plans through the Marketplace. The cost of insurance is expected to be available in early September, Grant says.

SOURCES: James Grant, communications coordinator, Delaware Health Insurance Marketplace. Choose Health Delaware.

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