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It’s Not Over in DC

Monday, December 18, 2017
Open Enrollment continues through January 31, 2018

(Washington, DC) – Today, the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority (DCHBX) is reminding District residents they can continue to sign up for health insurance coverage through DC Health Link through January 31, 2018. HBX is making this important reminder because the 2018 open enrollment period for HealthCare.gov was shortened to six weeks this year and concluded December 15. However, through action taken earlier this year by the HBX Executive Board, District residents have a longer open enrollment period to sign up for 2018 coverage.  The deadline for Open Enrollment in the District is not until January 31, 2018—the same calendar days and amount of time to enroll as last year’s Open Enrollment Period.

“DC Health Link remains open for business until January 31, so we are urging Washingtonians in all eight wards to go to DCHealthLink.com to shop for, compare, and enroll in health insurance,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “Help us spread the word: in Washington, DC there is still time to get covered and stay covered.”

Important upcoming deadlines for the continued open enrollment period are as follows:

  • January 15, 2018: The date by which someone must select a plan to obtain coverage that starts February 1, 2018.
  • January 31, 2018: The date by which someone must select a plan to obtain coverage that starts March 1, 2018.

In addition to visiting DCHealthLink.com or calling (855) 532-LINK [5465], residents can visit any of these enrollment centers across the District of Columbia for free expert assistance.


Enrollment Centers


La Clinica Del Pueblo

2831 15th Street, NW

Monday – Friday

9 am – 5 pm

Mary's Center

3912 Georgia Ave, NW

Monday – Friday

8 am – 5:30 pm

Whitman Walker Health

WeWork Manhattan Laundry Building

1342 Florida Avenue, NW

Monday – Thursday

8 am – 7 pm


8 am – 5 pm

Leadership Council for Healthy Comm.

Amazing Love Health Services

702 15th Street NE

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

10 am – 3 pm

Unity Health Care

Anacostia Health Center

1500 Galen Street, SE

Monday – Friday

10 am – 5 pm

Unity Health Care


1251-B Saratoga Avenue, NE


8:15 am – 4:45 pm

Unity Health Care

3924 Minnesota Avenue, SE

Monday – Thursday

8:15 am – 4:45 pm

Unity Health Care

Upper Cardozo Health Center

3020 14th Street, NW

Monday – Friday

8:30 am – 5 pm

Community of Hope

Conway Health Resource Center

4 Atlantic Street, SW

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

9 am – 4 pm

Community of Hope

Family Health Birth Center

801 17th Street, NE

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

9 am – 4 pm

DC Primary Care Association

Woodridge Public Library

1801 Hamlin Street, NE


9:30 am – 1:30 pm


1 pm – 5 pm


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final Insurance Market Stability regulation in April that shortened the 2018 enrollment period for HealthCare.gov to six weeks (November 1, 2017 through December 15, 2017). CMS recognized that state-based marketplaces may want to have longer enrollment opportunities for their residents. Recognizing that a three month open enrollment period works best for District residents, the HBX Executive Board adopted the recommendation from its Standing Advisory Board to allow a SEP for District residents to sign up for health insurance coverage from December 16, 2017 through January 31, 2018.

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 DCHealthLink.com at any point.