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DC Pulls Out All the Stops to Enroll Residents in Health Insurance During 2018 Open Enrollment Period

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Undeterred by national politics, DC Health Link mounts aggressive outreach strategy, “Takin’ It to the Street,” with citywide enrollment and health fair this Sat., Nov. 4

WHAT:                       

Despite numerous unsuccessful attempts by Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act and efforts by the Trump administration to sabotage the ACA, DC Health Link is marching on to ensure more District residents get quality, affordable health coverage. Instead of backing down, DC Health Link is mounting an aggressive outreach strategy, “Takin’ it to the Streets,” to target areas of DC with higher uninsured rates and focus outreach toward Millennials, Latinos, and African-Americans.

To show their strong support for the Affordable Care Act and DC Health Link’s efforts which have contributed to the lowest uninsured rate in city history, U.S.  Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton along with other District leaders will help launch Open Enrollment at the DC Health Link Open Enrollment Kickoff and Health Fair.

DC Health Link, which has cut the District’s uninsured rate in half since opening for business in 2013, will host this citywide information and enrollment opportunity to help District residents learn about and conveniently shop, compare and enroll in quality health insurance plans that best meet their needs and budgets. The event will feature a variety of activities including enrollment booths, exhibits, information tables, FREE health screenings, local entertainment, refreshment by renowned Ben’s Chili Bowl, a DC Health Link customer, a Kids Zone with activities for children, and much more.  

WHO:                         

Mayor Muriel Bowser
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton 
Mila Kofman, DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority Executive Director 
DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson 
DC Councilmember Brandon Todd 
ANC Commissioners
DC Health Link trained assisters to help with enrollment
DC Health Link licensed brokers to help with enrollment

 
WHEN/WHERE:         

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 11 am—2 pm 
Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library

1630 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 (7th St. & Rhode Island Ave.)  

DC Health Link Street Teams will conduct door-to-door canvassing in nearby neighborhoods to reach uninsured residents from 2:00pm – 4:00pm.
 

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 begins November 1, 2017 and 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 District residents can enroll in a health insurance plan online through DCHealthLink.com or by calling (855) 532-LINK [5465]. Eligible residents who enroll on or before December 15, 2017 will have their benefits effective January 1, 2018. After that date, plan selections made 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 DCHealthLink.com at any point.