DC Health Link was created and is governed by the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority. (Courtesy of DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority)
DC Health Link was created and is governed by the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority. (Courtesy of DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority)

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority have joined Get Covered 2021, a national initiative focusing on getting quality, affordable health care plans for uninsured Americans.

The initiative also promotes ways people across the country can take steps to help more individuals acquire the coverage they need, particularly amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“The pandemic has placed a renewed focus on the importance of knocking down barriers to high-quality health care and getting everyone in our community covered,” Bowser said in a statement. “We want all residents to use this open enrollment period as a chance to get covered, or to find an even better plan if they already are covered. We are proud of our local marketplace, and D.C. will continue working with states and federal partners to strengthen the Affordable Care Act and expand access to health care.”

Open enrollment for D.C. residents runs through Jan. 31. However, for coverage to be effective on Jan. 1, residents must enroll by Dec. 15.

“D.C. is proud to be a part of the Get Covered 2021 coalition to advance efforts to protect against [COVID-19], and to close the coverage gap by getting all eligible residents enrolled in health insurance,” said Mila Kofman, DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority executive director. “We are proud to work alongside all of the partners in the Get Covered 2021 coalition to send the message in the District of Columbia and across the nation that we are standing together to help Americans stay safe and healthy.”

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