Mayor Williams Joins Christiana Care to Kick Off Opening of Health Insurance Marketplace

Posted on  10/01/2013 5:11 pm

Photo of Mayor Williams at Choose Health Delaware Day

Mayor supports Community Health Fair to educate community members about new Affordable Care Act insurance enrollment

As October 1, 2013, marked a historic day in healthcare, where millions of Americans across the nation can now enroll in health insurance for the first time under the Affordable Care Act, Mayor Dennis P. Williams joined Christiana Care to educate community members about insurance enrollment.

“Today, thousands of Delawareans will be able to shop for and buy health insurance offered through the Affordable Care Act, and the City of Wilmington must proactively work to educate our citizens about insurance enrollment and available healthcare opportunities,” said Mayor Williams. “I was pleased to join Christiana Care, as one of the largest health care providers in the nation; they remain committed and dedicated to serving the people of Wilmington.”

Robert Laskowski, M.D., President and CEO of Christiana Care Health System, said Christiana Care’s Choose Health Delaware Day served as an opportunity for community members to meet marketplace guides and get information about health insurance and enrollment.

“This is a transformative time in health care,” said Laskowski. “For the first time, many adults and children will have access to the health care they need, when they need it.”

Community Health Fair

The event, which took place at Hanover Church, focused on helping community members navigate the new, virtual Health Insurance Marketplace. Marketplace guides, trained health educators, helped uninsured citizens enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace and educate them on how best to manage their health care needs.

Mayor Williams said the October 1st event was a part of a nationwide effort to assist citizens with the insurance enrollment process, as the Affordable Care Act officially took effect. He also encouraged community members to visit various Christiana Care locations, local community centers, churches and health fairs to receive assistance with the enrollment process as the deadline for enrollment is March 2014.

Christiana Care, which is the only hospital health system in the region that has been awarded a state contract to hire the marketplace guides, has hired nine guides who are charged with helping patients enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace.
They serve patients at six Christiana Care locations, including:

  • Christiana Hospital Emergency Department
  • Wilmington Hospital Emergency Department
  • Middletown Emergency Department
  • Wilmington Hospital Health Center
  • Christiana Care Family Medicine Center

The guides also visit local community centers, health fairs and churches to help the uninsured shop for health insurance.

“The Choose Health Delaware marketplace will help Wilmington’s most vulnerable citizens receive health insurance,” said Mayor Williams. “As the City of Wilmington is committed to serving all members of our community, it is necessary to work with Christiana Care to help raise awareness for the new access to affordable health care for all citizens within the City.”

For more information about the Choose Health Delaware Marketplace please visit: www.choosehealthde.com/Health-Insurance