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34 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6- MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2013 NEWS Cape Gazette State ready to guide uninsured Delawareans enrollment on the Health Insurance Less than a month before er Karen Weldin Stewart were Delaware's Health Insurance joined recently at a kickoff event Marketplace opens for en- for the marketplace by represen- rollment, state officials and tatives of the four community community organizations said organizations who will guide they are ready to begin the individuals, families and small historic program to provide un- business owners through the insured Delawareans greater enrollment process. As part of access to affordable healthcare, the Affordable Care Act signed Delaware Health and Social : into law in 2010, each state must Services Secretary Rita Landgraf establish a marketplace - for- and Insurance Commission- merly known as an exchange - for individuals who don't have access to affordable health insur- ance through work or some other means. In addition, small business owners can shop for plans for their employees through the Small Business Health Options Program. Enrollment for indi- viduals and small businesses will begin Oct. 1. Information about the marketplace is available at, the state's official marketplace web- site, which is also available in Spanish. "This is our collective oppor- tunity to make affordable health insurance and quality healthcare available to the 90,000 Delawar- eans who don't have insurance today," Landgraf said. "With the help of the marketplace guides and our marketing campaign, SUBMITTED PHOTO GATHERED AT A RECENT MEETING to discuss establishing bike trails from Rehoboth Beach to the Cape May County Zoo in New Jersey are (l-r) Mike Voll, Lower Township Manager; Connie Mahon, administrator of Middle Township; Jill Becker; and Heath Gehrke, ferry manager of the Delaware Riv- er & Bay Authority. Bike trail concept links Rehoboth nd May Imagine a bicycle trail passing Connie Mahon, Middle through farmland, shopping Township business administrator, areas, by museums, outdoor said economic development is a recreation and a zoo. Planning key component of the project. has begun for a bike trail concept She said the bike trail would that would pass through two connect Lower and Middle states, townships and make the county A bicycle trail extending airport a viable tourist attraction from Rehoboth Beach to the as well as the new Ockie Wisting Cape May County Zoo in New recreational area. Jersey is envisioned by officials The county airport houses of the Delaware River and Bay Naval Air Station Wildwood Authority, and Lower and Middle Museum, the Forgotten Warriors townships. Museum and the Cape May "The Delaware River & Bay Brewery. Authority is very happy to Plans call for the Ockie Wisting be part of this initiative," said recreational area to include Heath Gehrke, director of ferry an outdoor amphitheater for operations, at an Aug. 21meeting. concerts, a picnic area, walking "We feel it's important to link trails, athletic fields, a Frisbee Rehoboth to Cape May County golf course and a fishing pond. via the ferry. Once we get to "Two municipalities of this Cape May, we'd like to go all the size going in on a proiect of way to the Cape May County this magnitude I think is Zoo," he continued, unprecedented, and it's a new Bike trails in Delaware level of cooperation everybody extend from Rehoboth to the in this county wants to see," said ferry terminal in Lewes. The Mahon. bike paths in Delaware are part Lower Township Manager of Gov. Jack Markell's trails Mike Voll said the project initiative. A new Gordons Pond represented a regional approach. to Herring Point trail will open in He said the bike path would the spring. A 16-mile-long Lewes benefit tourism, local residents to Georgetown rails to trails path and businesses along the trail. is in the planning stage. "In my opinion, this is a win, Earlier this year, DRBA win, win for the DRBA, the widened shoulders on Sandman Township of Middle and the Boulevard in Lower Township to Township of Lower," said Voll. accommodate bike riders. Lower Township's portion of Future spurs from the bike the bike path currently ends at trail in Cape May County could Sally Marshall Crossing/Cresse include the county airport Lane in Erma. Middle Township's and the former Fort Apache in portion of the trail ends at Indian Middle Township. Trail Road. we will spread the word that Delaware's health insurance marketplace will be open for enrollment beginning Oct. 1. For so many individuals and families, this will mean the end to the fear that one accident or one illness could send them into a lifetime of debt." Stewart said the 68 market- place guides from Brandywine Women's Health Associates, Christiana Care, the Delmarva Foundation and Westside Fam- ily Healthcare are going through rigorous state and federal train- ing, a proctored exam, and state and federal background checks before they are certified by the state to handle sensitive personal information. "Delawareans will be able to trust the marketplace guides to help them through enroll- ment because of the extensive certification process," Stewart said. "Each guide will have a badge with a certification num- ber, and identification from their community organization and from the state. Beginning in the middle of this month, the guides will begin fanning out across the state to help individuals and small businesses with enroll- ment, including the possibility of tax credits to offset the costs." Delawareans also will receive assistance from federal navi- gators, who will be hired by Chatman LLC of Upper Marl- boro, Md, Chatman LLC was awarded a federal grant. In addi- tion, Delaware's three federally qualified heal{h centers, Hen: rietta Johnson Medical Center, La Red Health Center and West- side Family Healthcare, received federal grants to help with con- sumer assistance. Stewart said information on the rates for the plans on Delaware's marketplace will be available before Oct. 1, after the federal government concludes its approval process, Three issu- Continued on page 35 estate coordinator with 14 years of experience. Email- . Real Estate Closingg Susan Pittard Weidman, Esq. ">. ;7 han Mahoney Hudson, Esq. 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