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DC Health Link Pulling Out All the Stops for African-American “Week of Action”

Friday, January 18, 2019
Marching in MLK, Jr. Day Parade, barber shop outreach, and visiting churches highlight opportunities to boost African-American health insurance enrollment

WHAT/WHO:

With less than two weeks left to the January 31 deadline to sign up for 2019 coverage, DC Health Link is ramping up outreach efforts to the African-American community, where the uninsured rate remains high. DC Health Link, in partnership with various community organizations, is encouraging uninsured African-Americans to enroll in quality, affordable health insurance during DC Health Link’s “African-American Week of Action.”

Barber shops in African-American communities are more than a place to get a haircut and other grooming services. They are where the community meets and enjoys camaraderie, shares stories about life events and gets the latest information about what’s happening in the community. On Saturday, January 19th, DC Health Link will kick off the African-American Week of Action with representatives on-hand at Midtown Barber Shop to educate residents about the benefits of enrolling in quality, affordable health insurance coverage. Councilmember Brandon Todd will also be onsite from 12 pm until 1 pm.

The Week of Action continues on Sunday with “Faith in Action” at multiple churches throughout the District. The Leadership Council for Healthy Communities (LCHC), in concert with DC Health Link, will bring health insurance information and enrollment services directly to congregants and community members. The District’s faith community has been an invaluable partner in the effort to reach, educate and enroll consumers in quality affordable health insurance.

DC Health Link will be honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday by participating in the Martin Luther King Day Holiday Peace Walk and Parade. DC Health Link representatives will march in the spirit of Dr. King, who once said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane." They will proudly hold banners as they march, remind people to enroll by the January 31st deadline, hand out flyers, and direct residents to enrollment events.

The Week of Action runs from Saturday, January 19 to Sunday, January 27, 2019.
Additional African-American Week of Action outreach events are listed below.

 

WHEN/WHERE:

Saturday, January 19, 2019, 10 am – 2 pm

Boyz 2 Men Barber Shop Day

Midtown Barber Shop

120 Kennedy Street, NW

Note: Councilmember Brandon Todd will be onsite from 12:00pm - 1:00pm.

Saturday, January 19, 2019, 1 pm – 9 pm

DC Health Link @ Movie Theater Outreach

Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14

701 7th Street, NW

Note: DC Health Link enrollment staff will be stationed at tables near the concessions stands. Advertisements will be played on screens at the concession stands as well as on all movie screens. DC Health Link certified assisters will be on site to provide in-person education and enrollment assistance to District consumers as well as answer questions, and provide information about Medicaid options and financial help with plan premiums.

Sunday, January 20, 2019
Faith in Action Sunday

District Places of Worship

Date/Time:

Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church

4611 Sheriff Road, NE

Sunday, January 20, 2019

8 am – 1 pm

Emmanuel Baptist Church

2409 Ainger Place, SE

Sunday, January 20, 2019

8 am – 1  pm

Howard University

Cramton Auditorium

6th Street and Howard Place, NW

Sunday, January 20, 2019

11 am

Enrollment information distributed to

students, faculty, and community

members

Shepherd Park Christian Church

7900 Eastern Avenue, NW

Sunday, January 20, 2019

12 pm – 3 pm

Sunday, January 20, 2019, 1 pm – 9 pm

DC Health Link @ Movie Theater Outreach

Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14

701 7th Street, NW

Monday, January 21, 2019, 9 am – 2 pm

DC Health Link @ MLK Jr. Day Parade

Good Hope Road and MLK Avenue, SE

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 10 am – 12:30 pm

DC Health Link @ Faith In Action Food Bank

Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ

3845 South Capitol Street, SW

Note: The LCHC along with DC Health Link will bring health insurance information and enrollment opportunities to persons from the congregation and community who frequent the food bank.

Sunday, January 27, 2019, 10 am – 2 pm

Faith in Action Final Sunday

Israel Baptist Church

1251 Saratoga Avenue, NE

Note: The LCHC, in concert with DC Health Link, will bring health insurance information and enrollment services directly to congregants and community members. Information will be available about Medicaid options, qualified health plans and financial help with plan premiums.

 

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 began November 1, 2018 and ends January 31, 2019. There are 25 private health insurance options from CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente for individuals and families. Eligible District residents can enroll in a health insurance plan online through DCHealthLink.com or by calling (855) 532-LINK [5465]. Small businesses—as well as individuals and families eligible for Medicaid—can enroll through DCHealthLink.com at any point.