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DC Health Link Assister Program

DC HealthLink AssistersOn August 13, 2013, the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority Executive Board approved conditional grants to 35 DC-based organizations to provide in-person expert assistance to individuals, families, and small businesses looking to enroll in health insurance coverage through DC Health Link, the District’s new online health insurance marketplace.  For more on these awards, please view the press release from August 13, 2013.
 
There are currently 178 fully trained and certified DC Health Link Assisters among 33 DC Health Link Assister Organizations.

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), putting into place comprehensive health insurance reforms that improve access to affordable health insurance for all Americans.  District residents, like other eligible Americans will have the opportunity to avail themselves of quality and affordable health insurance as afforded by the ACA.

To help educate and enroll uninsured and hard to reach individuals and small businesses in health insurance plans, In-Person Assisters (IPAs), sometimes called Navigators, will be available in many states and the District of Columbia. The DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority (HBX)  is providing grants to community based organizations to build on their trusted relationships with uninsured and hard to reach DC residents and small businesses. Assisters will navigate their communities to quality health insurance choices under the new law and assist their communities in securing help paying for the insurance beginning on October 1, 2013. 

Resource Materials

Application Process

Applications to be an In-Person Assister organization were due on June 24, 2013, details below.  Assisters will be available to help individuals and small businesses in October of 2013.

Request for Application: In-Person Assister Program [PDF]

The following charts and signature pages were from the In-Person Assister Application DCHBX-2013-RFA 01 in a format that allows organizations to complete them more easily than recreating them.  The DC Health Benefit Exchange is making them available for those that choose to use.  Use of these specific forms is optional, however, the content must still be included in the final application submission. They include: