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DC Health Link Honors Dr. King with Enrollment Push

Monday, January 15, 2018
Marching in MLK, Jr. Day Parade highlights important enrollment opportunities in District ahead of Jan. 31 deadline

WHAT: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane." DC Health Link representatives are honoring the work and spirit of Dr. King by using the MLK Day of Service to reach uninsured residents and enroll them in a health plan before the January 31 deadline for 2018 coverage. And with just over two weeks before the end of the Open Enrollment Period, DC Health Link is ramping up outreach efforts to the African-American community, where the uninsured rate remains high.

On Monday, DC Health Link team members will proudly march in the Martin Luther King Day Holiday Peace Walk and Parade, holding banners, reminding people to enroll by the January 31 deadline, handing out flyers, and directing residents for enrollment assistance. One-on-one enrollment support will be available at the end of the parade route at the Barry Farm Recreation Center.

In person enrollment support will be available at the Barry Farm Recreation Center as part of the Barry Farm Health Fair until 3:00pm. In addition, DC Health Link representatives will be participating in the United Planning Organization’s Community Impact Day at the Petey Greene Community Service Center offering one-on-one enrollment support.

Monday, January 15, 2018, 10 am – 1 pm
UPO Community Impact Day

UPO “Petey Greene” Community Service Center
2907 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE

Monday, January 15, 2018, 11 am – 2 pm
Martin Luther King, Jr., Peace Walk and Parade
Route starts at Good Hope Road near the Anacostia Park entrance and continues along MLK Avenue to Barry Farm Recreation Center
Note: Parade Team to meet Anacostia Arts Center (1231 Good Hope Rd, SE) at 11 am.

Monday, January 15, 2018, 11:30 am – 3 pm
Barry Farm Health Fair

Barry Farm Recreation Center
1230 Sumner Road, SE

BACKGROUND: The Affordable Care Act provides individuals, families, and small businesses in the District of Columbia with affordable options for quality health insurance. DC Health Link is the District’s online health insurance marketplace which allows visitors to shop, compare, and enroll in coverage that fits their needs and budgets.

Open Enrollment for individuals and families ends January 31, 2018. There are 26 private health insurance options (including 2 catastrophic plans) from CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente for individuals and families. Eligible residents who make plan selections by the 15th of each month during Open Enrollment will be effective on the first day of the following month. Small businesses—as well as individuals and families eligible for Medicaid—can enroll through at any point.