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Mayor Bowser to Kick Off Open Enrollment Encouraging All Washingtonians to Sign-Up for High Quality, Affordable Health Insurance

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

(Washington, DC) – On Thursday, November 1, at 9:45 am, Mayor Muriel Bowser will kick off open enrollment for individuals and families to sign up for health insurance coverage through DC Health Link, the District’s state-based health insurance exchange established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). To sign-up for health insurance during open enrollment, DC residents can enroll at by January 31, 2019.

The District of Columbia is now ranked second in the nation for most insured residents, with more than 96 percent of its residents covered. DC Health Link provides health insurance to approximately 18,000 District residents through the individual marketplace and more than 76,000 people through the small business marketplace.

The kickoff of the DC Health Link open enrollment period is part of DC Health Link’s #GetCoveredDC, #StayCoveredDC campaign to encourage all DC residents to enroll in high quality, affordable health insurance.

Prior to the kickoff, Mayor Bowser will be interviewed live on C-SPAN, as part of their bus tour of all 50 state capitals where governors, lieutenant governors and cabinet officials have discussed how Washington federal policy impacts them back home. To watch the interview live, visit:

Following the Mayor’s kickoff event, DC Health Link is hitting the road with a fleet of “Get Covered, Stay Covered CARE-A-VANS” that will be situated at various points across the District to meet residents. Trained staff will be assisting multiple mobile units with information about DC Health Link, FREE one-on-one enrollment support, options for financial assistance for reduced monthly premium payments, and guidance for Medicaid eligibility. 

Thursday, November 1, at 9:45 am
C-SPAN Interview at 9:15 am
Mayor Muriel Bowser
Councilmember Brandon Todd, Ward 4
Wayne Turnage, Interim Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services
Mila Kofman, Executive Director, DC Health Link 
Freedom Plaza
13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
*Closest Metro: Federal Triangle Metro Station*

Press interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to [email protected]. To view the event online, visit or tune in on Channel 16 (DCN).

Care-A-Van Locations:

Ward 8:
Good Hope Marketplace
2845 Alabama Avenue, SE
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Ward 8:
Anacostia library 
1800 Good Hope Road, SE  
11:30 am - 2:00 pm

Ward 7:
Benning Library, East River Park Shopping Center 
3935 Benning Road, NE
12:00 p.m. - 1:30  p.m.

Ward 6:
Eastern Market 
7th and C Street, SE   
11 am - 2 pm

Ward 5: 
Community of Hope Family Health Birth Center
801 17th Street, NE 
11:30 am - 2 pm

Ward 4: 
Petworth Metro Station 
New Hampshire and Georgia Avenue, NW  
11:30 am - 2 pm

Ward 1:
Columbia Heights Plaza & Metro Station
14th Street and Irving Street, NW
11:30 am - 2 pm