Announcements

Pharmacy and dental copays resume

You were not asked for copays during the pandemic. Now that the public health emergency has ended, you are responsible for copays as of Dec. 1, 2023. This includes a $3 copay for dental care and a copay for prescription medicines that is based on the cost of your prescription.

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June 3, 2024

See you at the free Summer Health Fair in Wilmington on Sat., June 22.

Join Highmark Health Options on Saturday, June 22, from 11 a.m.–2 p.m., for a free Summer Health Fair at Ezion Fair Baptist Church Community Center, located at 1400 B Street in Wilmington.

Free screenings for blood pressure and stroke risk will be available, while children can get screened for lead. Attend presentations and get information on lots of health topics like cancer, diabetes, maternal health, dental health, Narcan training, and prostate health.

Enjoy free refreshments and meet nurses from your community. There will be a Zumba session as well as activities for kids. And The Food Bank of Delaware will be giving out free food boxes for families.

No registration needed. Simply show up. See you there!


May 3, 2024

Share your thoughts on health care and receive a gift card.

Are you a woman, age 18-44, who has children and lives in Sussex County? If so, the Delaware Department of Public Health would like to hear from you. They're hosting a Zoom focus group on health care Thurs., May 9 from 6-8 p.m. Eligible participants will receive a $150 Visa or Mastercard gift card.

To learn more and see if you're eligible, contact Jayden Carr by email at jayden@goeinswilliams.com or by phone at 302-983-3044.


April 5, 2024

Attend the Third Annual Black Birth Expo

Are you expecting? Then join Highmark Health Options at the third annual Black Birth Expo on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Doulas will share how they can help you with the birth of your child. Not sure what a doula is? They provide physical, emotional and informational support to mothers before, during, and shortly after childbirth.

This event will be held at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church (in the Great Hall), located at 425 North Dupont Highway in Dover, Delaware. You can expect baby care demos, baby item giveaways, gift card raffles, and doula meet and greets. Brunch will be provided.

To learn more and register, visit the Do Care Doula Foundation website.


April 5, 2024

Update your contact information

Have you moved or changed your phone number? Tell us right away. Doing so will prevent any interruption of your health care services. To update your contact information, call the Change Report Center at 302-571-4900, option 2 or go to the Delaware ASSIST website.


April 4, 2024

Can we help you get Disability or Social Security cash benefits?

Highmark Health Options can help adults and children with certain physical or mental health conditions apply for Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This service is free for members of Highmark Health Options. If you are approved, you may be eligible for a monthly cash benefit. The amount is determined by your work history or current household income and resources, depending on which program you are approved for.

To find out if you are eligible, start by filling out the form at hho.fyi/BestBenefits.


January 2, 2024

Need baby supplies? Visit the Closet of Love.

Do you need supplies – diapers, wipes, blankets, and baby clothes – for your baby age 0–24 months?

Good news! The Closet of Love, a free diaper bank and community closet started by Harper’s Heart, has moved to a bigger location at the Wilmington Public Library, 10 E. Tenth St. (second floor) in Wilmington. Doors reopen Wed., Jan. 10.


December 4, 2023

Need a child's winter coat? Visit these libraries in New Castle County on Sat., Dec. 9.

Libraries in New Castle County will host children's winter coat giveaways on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. at the following locations: Bear Library, Elsmere Library, Newark Free Library, and Woodlawn Library.

Children's coat sizes will vary at each location. Coats are available while supplies last. If you have questions, call each library for more information.


December 1, 2023

Look for your health care experience survey in the mail.

In February or March, you may be selected to answer a survey about your health care experience.

If you get this survey in the mail, please respond.

  • Let us know how you feel about your doctors and health services.
  • Give your feedback about our customer service.
  • Tell us what we’re doing well and where we can improve.

If you receive a survey, be sure to complete it! Your voice matters. We want to hear what you have to say. Your answers help us serve you better.


October 31, 2023

Free food distribution events in November

Do you need help making sure your family is fed? The Food Bank of Delaware is holding free food distribution events in each county in November.

Monday, Nov. 6, starting at 10 a.m. at the Crossroad Community Church, 20684 State Forest Road in Georgetown. Sussex County residents: register online or onsite.

Wednesday, Nov. 8, starting at 10 a.m. at the Dover Motor Speedway (enter through Leipsic Road entrance), 1131 North Dupont Highway in Dover. Kent County residents: register online or onsite.

Friday, Nov. 17, starting at 10 a.m. at Delaware Park, Parking Lot D, 777 Delaware Park Blvd. in Wilmington. New Castle County residents: register online or onsite.

Make sure the backseat or trunk is clear so volunteers can easily load food into your vehicle. And bring proof of Delaware residency.


October 9, 2023

COVID-19 vaccination costs are covered.

COVID-19 is still with us. Cases are increasing this fall. You can protect yourself and your family by wearing a mask, being vaccinated, and testing when you think you might be sick.

A new COVID-19 vaccine is now available. Your Highmark Health Options benefits cover the cost of the vaccine. Be sure to show your ID card when you get your vaccination.

Where can you get vaccinated?

Ask if your doctor’s office is giving vaccinations. Or find a pharmacy near you that is giving vaccinations.

Are free COVID-19 tests still available?

The government is once again offering free at-home test kits through the U.S. Postal Service. Order your tests today.

Are there more COVID-19 cases where you live?

One way to track the number of COVID-19 cases is to track the number of COVID-19 hospital admissions. Find out if hospital admission rates for COVID-19 in your area are low, medium, or high.

Learn more about COVID-19 information.


September 15, 2023

See you at the free Community Wellness Fair in Dover on Saturday, Sept. 23

Join Highmark Health Options on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m., for the Multi-Cultural Community Wellness Fair at Delaware State University, located at 120 N. State Street in Dover.

Free screenings for breast health, blood pressure, and diabetes will be available, while children can get screened for lead. Attend presentations and get information on lots of health topics like nutrition, substance abuse, and mental health.You can also get a COVID-19 vaccination on-site.

There will be raffles and prizes. And for the kids there will be face painting and other activities. Help in Spanish and Haitian Creole will be available at the event.

For more information, check out the flyer.


September 8, 2023

Free books for children up to age 5

Do you like reading to your child?

If so, you have an opportunity to get free books. Through Delaware's Imagination Library program, children from birth up to their 5th birthday can receive a FREE book in the mail each month.

To learn more and sign up, visit the Delaware libraries website.


September 6, 2023

Free food distribution events in September

Do you need help making sure your family is fed? The Food Bank of Delaware is holding free food distribution events in each county in September.

Monday, Sept. 11, starting at 10 a.m. at the Crossroad Community Church, 20684 State Forest Road in Georgetown. Sussex County residents: register online or onsite.

Wednesday, Sept. 13, starting at 10 a.m. at the Dover Motor Speedway (enter through Leipsic Road entrance), 1131 North Dupont Highway in Dover. Kent County residents: register online or onsite.

Friday, Sept. 15, starting at 10 a.m. at Delaware Park, Parking Lot D, 777 Delaware Park Blvd. in Wilmington. New Castle County residents: register online or onsite.

Make sure the backseat or trunk is clear so volunteers can easily load food into your vehicle. And bring proof of Delaware residency.


August 11, 2023

Back to School Resource Fair and Book Bag Giveaway on August 26 in Wilmington

Does your child need a book bag with school supplies?

If so, join Reading Assist on Saturday, Aug. 26, for the Back to School Resource Fair and Book Bag Giveaway. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. at the North Wilmington Library, located at 3400 N. Market Street in Wilmington.

Kids in attendance will receive a free book bag. And volunteers from Reading Assist will be there to talk to you about the importance of being more involved in your child’s education.


July 31, 2023

Free food distribution event Wednesday, Aug. 9

Do you need help making sure your family is fed? This free food distribution event is for you. Join the Food Bank of Delaware Wednesday, Aug. 9, from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Route 9 Library, 3022 New Castle Avenue in New Castle.

Make sure the backseat or trunk is clear so volunteers can easily load food into your vehicle. And bring proof of Delaware residency.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Visit rt9aug9.eventbrite.com to register today.


July 20, 2023

Never run out of prescription medicine.

Refill your prescription before you run out of medicine. Request a refill when you have about 20% of your medicine left. For example, for a 30-day prescription, request a refill five or six days before you need it.

This is important because some refills must be approved. This approval is called prior authorization. A refill on your prescription medicine may be delayed if your pharmacy needs to get prior authorization. Highmark Health Options, your doctor, and your pharmacy need time to communicate when prior authorization is needed.


July 12, 2023

24/7 Dad Program offers free parenting classes Thursday evenings via Zoom

The 24/7 Dad Program is offering parenting classes Thursday evenings through Aug. 31. Classes run 6:30-8:30 p.m. and are held via Zoom. The goal is to give dads the skills they need (including self-awareness, compassion, and responsibility) to be a better parent.

Learn more and register today.


July 12, 2023

Register for a free fatherhood event Saturday, July 29, in Wilmington

The Delaware Fatherhood & Family Coalition is hosting "All the King's Men," a fatherhood event, on Saturday, July 29, from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Place Wilmington Riverfront in Wilmington. Dr. Laurance Mullens will be the guest speaker.

Join the discussion and ask questions about parenting, making good choices, and building stronger connections to your kids. You can also expect to learn about resources and tools available to you in your community.

Registration is preferred. Learn more and register for this free event.


July 1, 2023

Need a ride? Use your transportation benefit.

Rides for medical care: Free rides for medical reasons are a benefit provided by the State. The service provider is ModivCare. Call ModivCare at 1-866-412-3778 to schedule your ride three days in advance or schedule online. This benefit is new for Delaware Healthy Children Program members as of July 1, 2023. This benefit cannot be used in an emergency. In an emergency, call 911.


June 20, 2023

Free breakfast and lunch for Christina School District students this summer

Learning doesn't end when school lets out for the summer. And neither does the need for a good breakfast and lunch. This summer, the Christina School District will provide free breakfast and lunch to all children age 18 and younger, Monday–Thursday, June 27–August 10. No registration required.

Find out which schools are offering free meals and when.


June 19, 2023

Free food distribution events through end of June

Do you need help making sure your family is fed? The Food Bank of Delaware is holding free food distribution events in each county the last week of June.

Monday, June 26, starting at 10 a.m. at the Crossroad Community Church, 20684 State Forest Road in Georgetown. Sussex County residents: register online or onsite.

Wednesday, June 28, starting at 10 a.m. at the Dover Motor Speedway (enter through Leipsic Road entrance), 1131 North Dupont Highway in Dover. Kent County residents: register online or onsite.

Friday, June 30, starting at 10 a.m. at Delaware Park, Parking Lot D, 777 Delaware Park Blvd. in Wilmington. New Castle County residents: register online or onsite.

Make sure the backseat or trunk is clear so volunteers can easily load food into your vehicle. And bring proof of Delaware residency.


June 13, 2023

Free breakfast and lunch for Seaford School District students this summer

From June 20–Aug. 4, students age 18 and younger can get a free breakfast and lunch, Monday–Friday, at the Seaford High School cafeteria in Seaford.

  • Breakfast will be served from 8–9 a.m.
  • Lunch will be served from 11 a.m.–noon.

No registration is needed. Students are asked to eat their meals in the cafeteria.

Check out the summer menu.

Find a location near you for the mobile lunch program.


June 6, 2023

Free lunch for students at the Appoquinimink School District’s Summer Meals Program

From June 20–Aug. 17, students age 18 and younger can grab a free lunch Monday–Thursday, from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., at Redding Middle School in Middletown.

No registration is needed. Students are asked to eat their meals in the cafeteria.


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