“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.
The federal government has signed five landmark deals that set the stage for major Web insurance markeplaces to enroll potentially millions of people in Obamacare, CNBC learned late Wednesday.
Those deals, experts have said, could dramatically boost enrollment in those marketplaces and help keep premium costs low—both key goals of the Affordable Care Act signed by President Barack Obama in 2010—by drawing customers who land at the sites of eHealthInsurance.com, GetInsured.com and others through Google searches, among other avenues.
The breakthrough, which came after months of negotiations, lays the groundwork for the Web exchanges to begin enrolling people who qualify for government insurance subsidies in the 36 marketplaces that the federal government is either running for individual states or in partnership with states this year.
Those solely federal or mixed exchanges, which cover areas where nearly 60 percent of the U.S. population lives, open enrollment Oct. 1.
CNBC.com first revealed Wednesday morning that eHealthInsurance.com had signed such a deal with the government—news that sparked a massive run-up in the stock of its parent company, eHealth, which was trading at one point as much as 30 percent over its opening price.
Hours later, it was disclosed that that GetInsured.com and three other site had signed similar deals with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Other Web markets have also