A new survey by the Center for the Study of Services conducted for the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority (DCHBX) concludes that the District of Columbia made huge gains during the most recent open enrollment period to provide access to health insurance coverage to people who were previously uninsured.
A new survey by the Center for the Study of Services conducted for the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority (DCHBX) concludes that the District of Columbia made huge gains during the most recent open enrollment period to provide access to health insurance coverage to people who were previously uninsured.

On the final weekend before the Jan. 31 enrollment deadline for the latest round of the Affordable Care Act — and possibly before the Trump administration repeals Barack Obama’s signature health care law — DC Health Link will crisscross DC to make sure residents in high uninsured areas have the opportunity to enroll in quality, affordable health insurance.

DC Health Link began Saturday a 24-Hour Plus Enrollment Marathon Relay and partnering with local businesses, city leaders, and civic groups to offer District residents free one-on-one enrollment help for over 24 hours at different locations throughout the District to help residents get covered before the Open Enrollment Period ends.

DC Health Link assisters will be available around the clock from one enrollment site to the next, carrying into Sunday afternoon.

DC Health Link representatives and staff joined D.C. Councilman Brandon Todd (Ward 4), community advocates and local volunteers in going door to door in neighborhoods with higher uninsured populations to educate residents about the Affordable Care Act and health insurance options through DC Health Link, the District’s online health insurance marketplace.

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Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017

Kickoff Ceremony 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School
(One Touch Enrollment Center—Enrollment from 9 a.m. – noon)
1100 Harvard Street NW
Note: District Council member Brandon Todd will be participating in the kickoff ceremony

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
La Clinica Del Pueblo ​
2831 15th Street NW

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Whitman-Walker Health
1701 14th Street NW (Enrollment available from 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.)

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Midtown Barbershop
120 Kennedy Street NW

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Mary’s Center
3912 Georgia Avenue NW (Enrollment available from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.)

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Smith Commons Bar and Lounge
1245 H Street NE

9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Denny’s restaurant
4445 Benning Road NE

Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017

Midnight – 4 a.m.
Ben’s Chili Bowl
1213 U Street NW
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9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Our Lady Queen of the Americas
2200 California Street NW

9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
4611 Sheriff Road NE

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Israel Baptist Church
1251 Saratoga Avenue NE

​​​1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
​​​Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G Street NW

​​​Door-to-Door Canvassing: Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017

​​​Ward 7/8 Canvass, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Staging Site: 2765 MLK Avenue SE

Ward 4 Canvass, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Staging Site: Culture Coffee, 709 Kennedy Street NW

Ward 6 Canvass, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Staging Site: Harris Teeter, 1350 Potomac Avenue SE

Ward 5 Canvass, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Staging Site: Corner of 14th Street and Montana Avenue NE

WI Guest Author

This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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