Courtesy of DC Health Link
Courtesy of DC Health Link

D.C. residents will receive an additional six days to sign up for 2019 health insurance coverage through DC Health Link, the city’s health insurance marketplace.

The new deadline to sign up is 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6.  Individuals who sign up by that deadline will have coverage beginning March 1, 2019.

DC Health Link customer service representatives will be available at 855-532-5465 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4 through Wednesday, Feb. 6 to work with individuals seeking to enroll in health insurance coverage effective March 1. In-person assistance will also be available at enrollment centers throughout the District to assist residents with the enrollment process through Feb. 6.

Additionally, there will be enrollment opportunities Saturday at Ben’s Chili Bowl, the Wilson Building Open House on Monday, and two DMV locations on Tuesday and Wednesday.

If residents are unable to connect with assistance by the deadline, they should send an email that includes their contact information and the nature of the difficulties experienced to DC Health Link staff will follow up with these consumers and work with them to complete their enrollment for coverage effective March 1, 2019.

City law requires all residents to have health coverage in 2019, get an exemption or pay a tax penalty on their D.C. taxes. The penalty is based on the number of months an individual or family goes without health coverage.

For someone who goes without coverage for a full year, the penalty is $695 for each adult and $347.50 for each child, up to $2,085 per family or 2.5 percent of family income that is over the federal tax filing threshold, whichever is greater.

For more information about the tax penalty, go to,

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