by James DeChene
Before we get to what happened in Dover this week, a reminder that our networking event at the Delaware National Guard Joint Force Headquarters is a week away. This is your chance to:
And now onto Dover. This week the JFC continued to hold meetings hearing budget requests from state agencies. I attended the Departments of Insurance, Labor, and Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) hearings, and each secretary gave a good overview of what their offices are doing and plans for next year. A few items of note included the work the State Chamber, and others like ABC, DCA, Labor and legislators, have done to address issues related to the Workplace Fraud Act and how work is performed on construction sites. That work continues, and I’m thankful that we’re reaching consensus on some big issues that will have a positive impact on the industry and its workers.
Of note from DNREC, Secretary Garvin made the announcement of a website launch in the coming month that will track permit applications made to the department. As you know, the State Chamber has been working with agencies like DELDOT and DNREC on streamlining their permitting processes to help development projects become 'shovel ready' faster. This tracking mechanism, apparently similar to what DELDOT has created, will show not only delays, or speed, from the DNREC side but also track if applications are missing data, causing a slowdown from the business side. More to come once the website goes live.
Hope to see you next week at the Guard event.
In late June, the Supreme Court of the United States released their decision on the highly publicized King v. Burwell case regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Court considered two possible scenarios in its decision:
The Court’s decision states that subsidies will continue to be available for all eligible consumers who purchase health insurance through the exchange in all states, not just in those with state-based exchanges. Delaware has a “partnership” exchange where the state and federal government work together. There are a significant number of Delawareans currently receiving tax credits to reduce their insurance premiums for the plans purchased through the FFM (Federally-Facilitated Marketplace exchange). Delawareans were at risk of losing their tax credits had the Court ruled under the strict reading of the law.
Now, consumers who purchase health insurance coverage on their own need to focus on what to do next. Here are key dates that consumers should discuss with their agent or broker:
James DeChene is the Chamber's Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.