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Delaware Governor To Expand Access To Preventive Care

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DelawareLt. Gov. and gubernatorial candidate John Carney (D) on Monday announced aproposal to subsidize health insurance for the more than 40,000 uninsured stateresidents who do not qualify for federal health programs and do not receiveemployer coverage, the Wilmington News Journal reports. Carney announced the proposal afterattending the Delaware Public Policy Institute's summit on health care for theuninsured.

The plan, called "Delaware First Care," would utilize existingCommunity Health Access Program facilities, nine centers in the state thatserve residents with annual incomes less than $20,420 or $41,300 for a familyof four. Under the plan, residents with annual incomes up to $51,050 or$103,250 for a family of four would have access to physical examinations,immunizations, routine primary care and "well-child" visits at thesefacilities, with fees on a sliding scale based on income.

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Carney said that the plan probably would enroll 4,000 residents in its firstyear. He added that he wants to begin work on the proposal immediately and willcontinue to do so if elected. Carney said that given the state's financialsituation, the plan could be difficult to pass next year, although he did nothave an estimate for how much the plan would cost.

State Treasurer Jack Markell, who is running against Carney in the Democraticprimary, said reducing the number of uninsured state residents "willcertainly be one of [his] top priorities" (Miller, WilmingtonNews Journal, 10/30).

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