Lawmaker Files Bill to Restore Delaware State Retirees’ Medicare Supplement Option

Delaware General Assembly Rep. John Kowalko For immediate release October 21, 2022 Contact: John Kowalko 25th District Representative 302-547-9351 Lawmaker Files Bill to Restore Delaware State Retirees’ Medicare Supplement Option Bill would guarantee access to Special Medicfill Supplement Plan for retirees opposed to privatized Medicare Advantage plan State Representative John Kowalko announced that he is filing legislation to restore the Delaware Special Medicfill Supplement Plan as an option for state employees and retirees who receive State-funded healthcare through Medicare. The bill will be filed in time for the special session […]

RISE Delaware Wins Stay of Medicare Advantage Plan

For immedate release: October 19, 2022 RISE Delaware Wins Stay of Medicare Advantage Plan The Delaware Superior Court, the Hon. Calvin Scott, today issued an interim Order in favor of Plaintiffs in the lawsuit against State of Delaware officials brought by RISE Delaware, an advocacy group for retirees of the State of Delaware, and two individuals. The lawsuit asks to stop Delaware’s implementation of its improperly adopted HighMark Medicare Advantage Plan to replace the long-standing traditional Medicare benefit earned by state retirees. Based on the record that State officials failed […]

Second Rally Opposing Privatization of Delaware State Retirees’ Health Care Set for Wednesday, October 12 at Legislative Hall

Press Advisory: For immediate release October 6, 2022 Contact: John Kowalko 25th District Representative (302) 547-9351 Second Rally Opposing Privatization of Delaware State Retirees’ Health Care Set for Wednesday, October 12 at Legislative Hall RISE Delaware has scheduled a second public rally to take place on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, starting at noon. The rally will be held on the East steps of Legislative Hall in Dover. In case of rain, the rally will be held in the House Chambers. The purpose of the rally is to allow state retirees […]

RISE Delaware Rally at Legislative Hall in Dover on October 12 to Oppose Privatization of Delaware State Retirees’ Medicare

RISE Delaware Rally at Legislative Hall in Dover on October 12 to Oppose Privatization of Delaware State Retirees’ Medicare  RISE Delaware will hold a rally on the steps of Legislative Hall in Dover on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, from noon to 1 p.m. We will be inviting all supportive legislators to join us on the steps of Legislative Hall. Please join us wearing blue shirts and bring your signs! We will be rallying to demand that the State of Delaware stop the proposed plan to privatize state retirees’ health benefits […]

Rally to Oppose Privatization of Delaware State Retirees’ Medicare Benefits Set for Tuesday, October 4 at Freedom Plaza in Wilmington

Press Advisory: For immediate release September 29, 2022 Contact: John Kowalko 25th District Representative (302) 547-9351 Rally to Oppose Privatization of Delaware State Retirees’ Medicare Benefits Set for Tuesday, October 4 at Freedom Plaza in Wilmington RISE Delaware has scheduled a public rally to take place on October 4, 2022, from noon to 1PM at Freedom Plaza in Wilmington. The location is 8th and French Streets next to the Caravel State Building. The purpose of the rally is to allow state retirees and future retirees to demonstrate their unwillingness to […]

RISE Delaware and Retirees File Lawsuit to Stop Privatization of Health Benefits

Press Advisory: For immediate release Tuesday, September 27, 2022 Contact: Elisa Diller (302-369-6756) Karen Peterson (302-999-7522) RISE Delaware and Retirees File Lawsuit to Stop Privatization of Health Benefits RISE Delaware, a group formed to assist State Retirees in their fight against privatization of their Medicare benefits announced today that they have filed a lawsuit to stop the unilateral implementation of their insurance through a privatized Medicare Advantage plan. “The fact that retirees were neither aware of these changes to their benefits nor invited to participate in crafting this mandate is […]

State of Delaware Retirees Organize to Fight Medicare Advantage Plan

Press Advisory: For immediate release August 28, 2022 Contact: Rep. John Kowalko (302-547-9351) or risedelaware@gmail.com State of Delaware Retirees Are Coming Together to Stop Medicare Privatization and Benefit Reductions 25th District State Representative John Kowalko and New Castle County 5th District Councilwoman Lisa Diller, a State of Delaware retiree, are teaming up to form RiseDelaware (Retirees Investing in State Equity Delaware), a new membership organization dedicated to educating, advocating, and informing State of Delaware retirees about what is happening with their health and pension benefits. The catalyst is to fight […]

Lawmakers file bipartisan legislation to create an independent Office of the Inspector General

Delaware General Assembly Press Advisory: For immediate release May 11, 2022 Contact: Representative John Kowalko 302-547-9351 Representative Michael Smith 302-290-7726 Lawmakers file bipartisan legislation to create an independent Office of the Inspector General HB 405 would enhance accountability, ensure good government, and create a repository for complaints and investigations of potential fraud, waste, abuse, and corruption. DOVER – Rep. Kowalko (D-Newark) and Rep. Michael Smith (R-Pike Creek) have joined together as prime sponsors of HB 405 creating an Office of Inspector General that would investigate the management and operation of State […]

Lawmakers File Bill Creating Additional Personal Income Tax Brackets for Highest Earners

Delaware General Assembly Press Advisory: For immediate release January 13, 2021 Contact: Rep. John Kowalko 302-547-9351 Lawmakers File Bill Creating Additional Personal Income Tax Brackets for Highest Earners HB 64 would establish three new brackets starting at $125,000 DOVER – Citing a fairness issues and the need for stable, predictable revenue, lawmakers unveiled legislation Thursday that would create three additional personal income tax brackets for the highest wage-earners in Delaware. House Bill 64, sponsored by Rep. John Kowalko, would only impact Delawareans whose taxable personal income exceeds $125,000. All wages […]

Press advisory: Lawmakers release letter of support and commitment to Delaware’s Black community and legislative reforms

Delaware General Assembly Press Advisory: For immediate release June 18, 2020 Contact John Kowalko 25th District Representative 302-737-2396 302-547-9351 State Lawmakers Release Open Letter of Support and Commitment to Delaware’s Black Community and the Delaware Legislative Black Caucus Nine members of the Delaware State Legislature have released a letter denouncing systemic racism and pledging full commitment for all legislative reforms necessary to secure equal justice and equal treatment for Delaware’s Black community. The reality of Black disenfranchisement and systemic racism in our society today demands that legislators acknowledge their past […]