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34 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6- MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2013 NEWS Cape Gazette State ready to guide uninsured Delawareans through enrollment on the Health Insurance Marketplace er Karen Weldin Stewart were joined recently at a kickoff event for the marketplace by represen- tatives of the four community organizations who will guide individuals, families and small business owners through the enrollment process. As part of the Affordable Care Act signed : into law in 2010, each state must establish a marketplace - for- merly known as an exchange Less than a month before Delaware's Health Insurance Marketplace opens for en- rollment, state officials and community organizations said they are ready to begin the historic program to provide un- insured Delawareans greater access to affordable healthcare. Delaware Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf and Insurance Commission- - 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 www.ChooseHealthDE.com, 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, 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 healfh 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 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 and Cape May Imagine a bicycle trail passing through farmland, shopping areas, by museums, outdoor recreation and a zoo. Planning has begun for a bike trail concept that would pass through two states. A bicycle trail extending from Rehoboth Beach to the Cape May County Zoo in New Jersey is envisioned by officials of the Delaware River and Bay Authority, and Lower and Middle townships. "The Delaware River & Bay Authority is very happy to be part of this initiative," said Heath Gehrke, director of ferry operations, at an Aug. 21 meeting. "We feel it's important to link Rehoboth to Cape May County via the ferry. Once we get to Cape May, we'd like to go all the way to the Cape May County Zoo," he continued. Bike trails in Delaware extend from Rehoboth to the ferry terminal in Lewes. The bike paths in Delaware are part of Gov. Jack Markell's trails initiative. A new Gordons Pond to Herring Point trail will open in the spring. A 16-mile-long Lewes to Georgetown rails to trails path is in the planning stage. Earlier this year, DRBA widened shoulders on Sandman Boulevard in Lower Township to accommodate bike riders. Future spurs from the bike trail in Cape May County could include the county airport and the former Fort Apache in Middle Township. Connie Mahon, Middle Township business administrator, said economic development is a key component of the project. She said the bike trail would connect Lower and Middle townships and make the county airport a viable tourist attraction as well as the new Ockie Wisting recreational area. The county airport houses Naval Air Station Wildwood Museum, the Forgotten Warriors Museum and the Cape May Brewery. Plans call for the Ockie Wisting recreational area to include an outdoor amphitheater for concerts, a picnic area, walking trails, athletic fields, a Frisbee golf course and a fishing pond. "Two municipalities of this size going in on a project of this magnitude I think is unprecedented, and it's a new level of cooperation everybody in this county wants to see," said Mahon: Lower Township Manager Mike Voll said the project represented a regional approach. He said the bike path would benefit tourism, local residents and businesses along the trail. "In my opinion, this is a win, win, win for the DRBA, the Township of Middle and the Township of Lower," said Voll. Lower Township's portion of the bike path currently ends at Sally Marshall Crossing/Cresse Lane in Erma. Middle Township's portion of the trail ends at Indian Trail Road. Real Estate Closingg00 Susan Pittard Weidman, F00q. : " )/ '" "-Wills. Trusts Living Wills d ,7;le.han Matmmy Hudson, Fal. Real Estate Law. Auto Accidents. Wlla" Iorporations General Business  ,," ........ ..... o.," CDurable Powers of Attorney Contract Drafting & Review ........ Probate. 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