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State trying new tactics to increase health insurance marketplace enrollment

The Green: Where Delaware explores its common ground

Open enrollment for year two of coverage on Delaware’s health insurance marketplace began last Saturday. Last year, the state initially had high enrollment expectations, originally setting a goal of signing up 35,000 people under the Affordable Care Act. But the rocky roll-out of the federal website and other issues led to a significant downward revision to 8,000, which the state surpassed by breaking the 11,000 mark.

State officials pledged after last enrollment to improve outreach efforts, with a specific focus on the so-called “young invincible” demographic – Delawareans whose participation in the marketplace is critical to its success.

So, how are state officials changing their approach this year and what are their goals for this enrollment period. Delaware Public Media’s Sean Carlson tackles those questions. (More)

Progress on First State National Monument remains slow

The Green: Where Delaware explores its common ground

You may recall back in March 2013 the establishment of Delaware’s first ever branch of the National Park Service – The First State National Monument – was announced with great fanfare in New Castle by Vice President Joe Biden. You may even remember its a collection of five historic sites: the Dover Green; the Courthouse, Sheriff’s House and the Green in New Castle, and the 1,100-acre Woodlawn Tract on the east side of the Brandywine, north of Wilmington and extending into Pennsylvania.

What you may not remember is we were also told it may take a while to really develop the monument, in large park because there’s very little funding to do so.

But it does exist. Work is being done on it and people are visiting it. So we dispatched Delaware Public Media contributor Larry Nagengast to see where things stand. (More)

Local retailers expect strong holiday shopping sales

The Green: Where Delaware explores its common ground

Lists are being made and, of course, checked twice. And chances are, naughty or nice, people will venture out over the next month plus to load up on holiday presents. As we’ve learned in recent years, while the tradition Black Friday kick-off still sort of exists, it has yielded to Thanksgiving Day doorbusters and Cyber Monday .

Contributor Eileen Dallabrida offers a look ahead at what to expect. (More)

Delaware highlights adoption needs and benefits

The Green: Where Delaware explores its common ground

November is National Adoption Month and as part of the effort to put a spotlight on kids in need of homes Delaware, through its Children’s Department, each year joins states and communities nationwide in hosting a National Adoption Day event. That event is this weekend.

There are over 100,000 children in this country who are waiting to be adopted and many of them live in Delaware. Every year in the First State, nearly 100 children find their permanent families through adoption. But rather than just tell you about the numbers and the services available, we thought it might be worthwhile to let one of the people who’ve adopted in the state tell their story.

Delaware Public Media’s Cathy Carter introduces us to Jill Karlson, a single mom from Newark who found her 3 year old daughter through this route. (More)

Enlighten Me: $tand by Me program focuses on Hispanic financial literary

The Green: Where Delaware explores its common ground

If American Hispanics were their own country, they’d be the 11th largest economy in the world. But first generation Latino immigrants face unique challenges when it comes to managing their money.

The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, in a partnership with the United Way of Delaware, has pioneered a financial literacy program to help Latinos save and stay out of debt within its $tand By Me program – Its called $tand by Me Hispano and in this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media’s Anne Hoffman takes a closer look. (More)

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