Delaware ranks 3rd highest per capita in health-care spending, with per capita health-care costs more than 27 percent above the U.S. average, behind only Alaska and Massachusetts. In response, in February 2018, Governor John Carney (D) signed an executive order to form an advisory group to set a benchmark that would help slow the state’s rising health care costs. The executive order comes five months after the passage of HJR 7 that gave DHSS authority to establish a benchmark that would link the growth rate of health-care spending to the state’s rate of economic growth.In the current legislative session, Delaware has also introduced and passed legislation regulating health insurers’ ability to recover overpayments from health providers.
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LEGISLATIVE CALENDARDelaware’s current legislative session runs from 1/9/2018 – 1/7/2018. Bills from 2017 were carried over to 2018 for the 2017-2018 legislative term.
FY 2018 BUDGETDelaware’s Fiscal Year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30 the following year. Delaware enacted its FY 2018 Budget during a special legislative session. To view Delaware’s FY 2018 Budget, click here.
- Delaware was one of 16 states to file an amicus brief supporting the FTC’s winning position in the Ninth Circuit appeal of St. Luke’s Health Care Sys. v. FTC, No. 14-35173 (March 7, 2014), decided February 10, 2015. The States’ brief stated that the acceleration of health care costs due to the growth of large health care provider systems had become a matter of grave concern for the states.