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Is Repealing the ACA Now the X Factor for Latino Health Insurance Enrollment?

Monday, January 9, 2017
National ACA Latino Week of Action in DC focuses on repeal concerns


Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the number of uninsured
Americans has gone down by 20 million since 2010. However, a recent study released by the Commonwealth Fund shows that 40% of U.S. Latinos are still without health insurance. Now, talk of Congress repealing the ACA is part of this equation. 

DC Health Link is redoubling efforts to promote, educate and motivate Latino enrollment in affordable health insurance during the National ACA Latino Week of Action. The Week of Action runs from Saturday, January 7 to Sunday, January 15, 2017.

One of several events planned for the week includes the Latino Leadership Symposium, "The Impact of Repealing the ACA for the Immigrant Community,” where experts and leaders in the Latino community are coming together to discuss the current landscape of the ACA and implications for immigrants in DC. Additionally, experts and leaders will address issues that impact Latino enrollment in quality, affordable health insurance and offer solutions for changing the trend.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 9:30am – 11:30am
Latino Leadership Health Symposium
National Council of La Raza 
1126 16th Street, NW


Mila Kofman, JD, Executive Director, DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority (Greetings)

Maria Gomez, President/CEO, Mary’s Center (Moderator)

M. Lucero Ortiz, Esq., Independent Immigration Attorney (Panelist)

Shelby Gonzales, Senior Policy Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Panelist)

Angel Padilla, Health Policy Analyst, National Immigration Law Center (Panelist)

Allison Kokkoros, CEO, Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School (Speaker)

Patricia Quinn, Director of Policy and External Affairs, DC Primary Care Association (Speaker)


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, 2016 and ends January 31, 2017. There are 20 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]. 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.