Delaware officials encouraged by health overhaul progress, acknowledge concerns about costs



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DOVER, Delaware — State officials say almost 9,000 individuals have selected coverage plans in Delaware's health insurance exchange as the second year of enrollment under the Affordable Care Act continues.

Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf, who updated the Delaware Health Care Commission on Thursday, says she's encouraged by the progress in implementing the health exchange. But she also acknowledged widespread concerns about the costs of premiums and deductibles.

Officials say more than half the people who've enrolled for coverage this year are new to the exchange, while about 44 percent are renewals. More than 80 percent qualify for subsidies to help pay for their coverage.

Open enrollment continues through Feb. 15.

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