Issue 5.14
April 5, 2019
Message from the President
According to Freddie Mac, the average 30-year mortgage rate registered 4.06 percent last week, making that the lowest level since January 2018. As a reference, rates were 4.94 percent as recently as November. While that decrease will help “would be” purchasers of single-family homes, we should not lose sight of important trends in the multifamily housing market in Delaware. 

Legislative Priority
This week was the 8th Annual Taste of Delaware event, which the State Chamber held in partnership with honorary host, Senator Chris Coons. Postponed from December, the event this year coincided with spring in the nation’s capital, including cherry blossoms, sunny skies and an unfortunate last inning win by the Nationals.

John H. Taylor Jr. Education Leadership Award
A longtime advocate for quality public education for all children, Beatrice “Bebe” Coker is this year’s recipient of the John H. Taylor Jr. Education Leadership award.

Ms. Coker has been a community activist in Delaware for over 50 years and was was appointed by former Governor Pierre S. du Pont to join the Citizens Alliance for Public Education to help ensure the peaceful desegregation of schools.

Meet Ms. Coker at the Superstars in Education event on May 13, 2019!

Delaware Hospitals Committed to Value-Based Health Care
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Providing health care is a costly endeavor. The traditional fee-for-service payment model makes it more costly than it needs to be due to incentives inherent in that approach to reimbursement. The promise of tying reimbursement to value rests in different models broadly called valuebased
payment models.

Is Reference-Based Pricing Right for Your Company?
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On average, employers contributed $5,711 per employee toward single coverage health insurance and $14,069 toward family coverage in 2018, according to a 2018 employer health benefits study conducted by Kaiser Family Foundation.

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