Slow Open for Delaware Beaches, UnitedHealthCare Returns to MD

May 13, 2020

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DOVER, Del. (AP) — Officials in Delaware’s largest beach resort are planning to slowly begin welcoming visitors amid Democratic Gov. John Carney’s ongoing stay-at-home order aimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus. Rehoboth Beach commissioners agreed Tuesday to reopen the city’s beach and boardwalk on Friday for foot traffic, although sunbathing, sitting and swimming will remain off-limits. Visitors will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing. The interim steps still leave many decisions to be made about a broader reopening of hotels, restaurants, bars and vacation home rentals that are the backbone of Delaware’s billion-dollar beach tourism industry.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — UnitedHealthcare has filed to offer individual health plans in Maryland's health care exchange next year. Gov. Larry Hogan made the announcement Tuesday. Now, there are two insurers who offer individual market health plans through the Maryland marketplace. They are CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and Kaiser Permanente. Nearly 159,000 people enrolled in private plans through the Maryland health insurance marketplace during the initial 2020 open enrollment period. Nearly 29,000 people have since enrolled during a special coronavirus open enrollment period, running through June 15. Hogan says it's more important than ever for Maryland residents to have different health insurance options because of the coronavirus pandemic.