Courtesy of DC Health Link via Instagram
Courtesy of DC Health Link via Instagram

When 2017 came to an end, I was proud to look back on a year spent promoting and defending our D.C. values — the values that have helped us build a more inclusive city that is committed to celebrating our diversity and spreading prosperity. Americans spent decades working to increase access to quality, affordable care, and in 2017, we sent a loud and clear message to leaders across our country: health care is a right, not a luxury, and it should be treated as such. In 2018, we are steadfast in our resolve to continue protecting access to high-quality, affordable health care.

When the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, the District seized the opportunity to expand access to health care for Washingtonians. We built DC Health Link — our own health insurance exchange, designed by and for District residents, and expanded Medicaid well above the minimum requirements of the federal law. We did this because we know access to affordable health coverage not only provides financial security and makes strong economic sense — it saves lives.

Embracing the ACA has worked for Washington, D.C. We’ve cut the uninsured rate in half since DC Health Link went into operation in 2013, and today, 96 percent of District residents are insured. But we can do even better — we can and must get to 100 percent. With Medicaid, the DC Healthcare Alliance, and DC Health Link, Washington, D.C., has an option for everyone.

While the federal government slashed funding for outreach and support and shortened the open enrollment period, in Washington, D.C., we remain committed to making it easier for residents to get insured. The DC Health Link will remain open for business through Jan. 31, 2018, and we have a team of experts and outreach specialists ready to help. If you still need insurance, go to to shop for, compare, and enroll in coverage that meets your needs and budget.

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This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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