Health Care Reform
Delaware Health Care and Insurance Resources
Delaware Medicaid – Medical assistance for eligible low-income families (based on financial need), or for children with disabilities or special health care needs (Children’s Community Alternative Disability Program).
Financial need-based applications may be found at any state service center, the general Delaware Medicaid phone number, or at Delaware Assist. Link to Income Based Medicaid Application.
Applications for children with special health care needs may be found at state service centers with a Long Term Care office or online at Delaware Assist. Ensure you are requesting the appropriate Medicaid application. List of Delaware Long Term Care Unit Offices.
Applications for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) can be submitted at any time during the year.
Delaware Assist – Providing individuals access to screen and apply for a broad range of social service programs.
Delaware Medicaid – Medical assistance for eligible low-income families, aged, blind and/or disabled people.
Delaware Healthy Children Program (DHCP) – Providing low-cost health insurance for children under age 19, who are uninsured and do not qualify for Medicaid.
Choose Health Delaware – Helping you understand health insurance reform and the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Delaware Division of Public Health – Programs and services aimed to protect and improve the health of people who live and work in Delaware.
First Smile Delaware – State of Delaware Dental Resource Guide – Helping Delaware families find and access dental services.
2017 MCO Call Dates – Addressing questions and concerns on Medicaid Managed Care and Mental Health Care benefits of families with children with special health care needs.
National Health Care Resources
Benefits.Gov – Helping you find the benefits you might be eligible for.
Healthcare.com – Search for leading health insurance providers in your area.
Mental Health.Gov – How to get help for health insurance and mental health services.
Military One Source – The Exceptional Family Member Program for military families with special needs.
Vaccines.Gov – Providing information on vaccines and immunizations for the whole family.
The Kaiser Family Foundation – Dedicated to providing trusted information on national health issues.
HRSA – Oral Health Care – Oral health resource for all ages.
Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services – Helping you learn about your health care options.
Healthcare.Gov Link: Find Healthcare Exemptions that Apply to You – Find qualifying exemptions so you don’t have to pay a fee if you didn’t have qualifying health coverage in 2014.
CMS.Gov Link: 2015 Special Enrollment Period for Tax Season – For those who did not have health coverage in 2014 and are subject to the fee or “shared responsibility payment.”
Children’s Dental Health Project – An independent nonprofit working for kid’s health.
Families USA – The voice for health care consumers.
NeedyMeds – Find help with the cost of medicine.
Healthy Roads Media Videos – Diseases and Conditions – Get Help, Get Answers.
IMPACT on Health & Wellness – Improving maternal child health programs & policies.
RXDangers – Practical drug, device and healthcare safety information.
Health Reform for Americans with Disabilities
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) gives Americans with disabilities greater control over their health care. The following links provide information regarding the ACA and it’s impact upon the health care system.
- Delaware Adult Disability Resource Center – ADRC is Delaware’s one-stop access point for aging and disability information and resources.
- Kaiser Family Foundation – Health Reform – Helping you find trusted information on national health issues.
- Families USA – Affordable Care Act – Helping you better understand your rights under the ACA.
- AARP Health Law Answers – Learn how the health care law works for your family.
- Video – Health Insurance Explained: The YouToons Have It Covered – Health insurance under Affordable Care Act.
Full implementation of the Affordable Care Act has resulted in the following changes to health care:
Expand the Medicaid Program
Providing access to affordable care for more Americans, including people with disabilities.
New Options for Long-Term Supports and Services
Provides a new, voluntary, self-insured insurance program (CLASS Act) that helps families pay for the costs of long-term supports and services if a loved one develops a disability.
Creates new options for states to provide home and community based services in Medicaid, enabling more people with disabilities to access long-term services in the setting they choose.
Extends the Money Follows the Person program and makes improvements to the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) option.
More Affordable Choices and Competition
Creates state-based health insurance Exchanges to provide families with the same private insurance choices that the President and Members of Congress will have, including multi-state plans to foster competition and increase consumer choice.
Ensures that families always have guaranteed choices of quality, affordable health insurance whether they lose their job, switch jobs, move, or get sick, through creation of Exchanges.
Makes Health Care Accessible to Everyone
Provides access to health insurance through Exchanges to those without job-based coverage and provides premium tax credits to those who can’t afford coverage, significantly increasing access to a choice of health insurance plans for individuals with disabilities. This will enable individuals to keep their jobs rather than giving up employment in order to receive Medicaid benefits.
Preventive Care for Better Health for People with Disabilities
Requires new plans to cover prevention and wellness benefits at no charge to American families by exempting these benefits from deductibles and other cost-sharing requirements.
Improves access to medical diagnostic equipment so people with disabilities can receive routine preventive care.
Improve Care for Chronic Disease
Invests in innovations such as medical homes and care coordination demonstrations in Medicare and Medicaid to prevent disabilities from occurring and progressing and to assist one in every 10 Americans who experience a major limitation in activity because of a chronic condition.
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