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DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority Statement on Passage of House Bill to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Friday, May 5, 2017

On May 4, 2017 the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill seeking to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The debate is now in the U.S. Senate. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), at this time, remains the law of the land with all of its consumer protections for people with pre-existing conditions, women, and small businesses. DC Health Link is established in District law, locally managed and controlled, financially sound and going strong. Legislative action on May 4 doesn’t impact your ability to enroll in affordable quality health insurance for 2017. You may also be eligible for premium reductions. DC Health Link has 20 private health insurance options to choose from for residents and their families from CareFirst and Kaiser Permanente. For 2017 small businesses have 151 health plan options from Aetna, CareFirst, Kaiser and United. Individuals and families can enroll if they qualify for a special enrollment due to a change in their life like getting married. Small businesses can sign up throughout the year. Residents can apply for Medicaid throughout the year.