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More States Requiring Insurers To Cover Developmental Disabilities

After the widespread success of state insurance mandates for autism treatment, a grassroots effort has been underway to do the same for other developmental disabilities. However, some advocates have cautioned that the process of enacting such legislation may inadvertently give insurance companies opportunities to undermine existing autism coverage. Read More

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Who lobbied most in 2019?

According to data on the 2019 legislative session gathered by the Delaware Public Integrity Commission, the four organizations whose lobbyists met most often with legislators and state employees were all in the health care field. The Delaware Healthcare Association reported the most lobbying acts, while the Ability Network of Delaware reported the fourth most. Read More

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Harsher Punishment for Accessible Parking Violations

Update (6/5/19): Gov. Carney signed S.B. 28 into law. Update (5/7/19): S.B. 28 passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 40–0 and now awaits actions by Gov. Carney. Read More

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Delaware lawmakers soften push to split health department, agree to resolution

Facing sharp backlash, Sen. Nicole Poore changed direction away from her bill calling for a “review … to determine how to best reorganize” the Department of Health and Social Services. Instead she sponsored a resolution, which easily passed both chambers, that would study how to make the department more effective and efficient. Read More

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Inmate IEPs Can Earn Parole

H.B. 21 would change the eligibility standards for parole or sentence modification for prison inmates who have been required to complete their education by a Delaware court or Department of Read More

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Medicaid Dental Coverage for Adults

Update (8/6/19): Gov. Carney signed S.S. 1 for S.B. 92 into law. Update (6/27/19): S.S. 1 for S.B. 92 passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 33–7 and Read More

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JFC approves FY2020 spending increases, but some groups want more

The Joint Finance Committee approved spending increases for child care providers and direct support professionals for adults with intellectual disabilities in the state’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget, but both groups still earn less than current market rates. Spurred by the 2018 passage of the McNesby Act, lawmakers appropriated $4.6 million for the current budget and $4.2 million for FY 2020 – about 20 percent of the spending needed to meet market rates. Read More

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