Insurance commissioner opens office in Georgetown

Date Published: 
Feb. 9, 2018

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: The Delaware Department of Insurance recently opened up a new office in Georgetown.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: The Delaware Department of Insurance recently opened up a new office in Georgetown.Those seeking help from the Delaware Department of Insurance no longer have to drive an hour away to speak with someone in person, as the department just opened its first offices in Sussex County.

“Almost two-thirds of walk-in visitors to our Kent County office are from Sussex County, and the majority of them are seniors,” said Commissioner Trinidad Navarro. “I’m excited that we are now able to help them closer to their home.”

Located on the Circle in Georgetown, the office will be open to the public Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“We saw the possibility of what a beautiful place this could be — I’m so proud to give folks who live right here in Sussex County,” he said.

Navarro said the new office came, in large part, thanks to House Bill 77, which addressed the issue of citizen accessibility to be able to speak with department personnel locally by opening a Department of Insurance office in Sussex County.

Navarro said the department has been working on many things, including workers’ compensation rates.

“Last year, workers’ compensation insurance went up 0 percent, which is great news for business owners… It was a big deal to have a 0-percent rate increase, but I said that wasn’t good enough,” he said.

“The rates now are between 3.7 percent in the voluntary market decrease and 5.7 in the involuntary market. What does this mean for business owners? We’re going to lower their rates for workers’ compensation, and that’s the first time that’s happened in many, many years.”

Many dignitaries were on-hand at the ribbon-cutting including Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long, state House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, Georgetown Mayor Bill West and state Rep. Brian Pettyjohn.

“I want to thank the commissioner for doing this,” said Pettyjohn. “It’s great having these services in Georgetown.

The Sussex County office of the Department of Insurance is located at 28 the Circle, Suite 1, Georgetown. The office may be reached by calling (302) 259-7554.