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As Health Insurance Deadline Approaches, Churches Continue to Open Their Doors This Weekend to Enroll Consumers

Friday, March 14, 2014
People are encouraged to beat the last-minute rush and avoid the tax penalty.

What/Who:

DC Health Link continues to push its “Faith in Action” health insurance enrollment initiative with just weeks left for families and individuals to enroll in health coverage through DC Health Link. This weekend, DC Health Link will once again offer residents and small business the opportunity to get information about health insurance plans, find out if they quality for special rates to reduce insurance premiums, and to get assistance with the enrollment process. Consumers are strongly urged to visit an enrollment center as soon as possible to beat the last minute enrollment rush and to avoid the tax penalty.

Residents who do not enroll before March 31 will not be able to enroll in health insurance until November, 2014 (unless special circumstances, like loss of job- based health insurance, qualify you for a special enrollment period). If residents do not have health coverage and do not enroll with DC Health Link, they may face a tax penalty of $95 per adult and $47.50 per child or 1% of their income, whichever is greater.

DC Health Link certified assisters and licensed health insurance brokers will be available at each of the faith based enrollment locations and events. The “Faith in Action” education and enrollment effort continues to occur throughout the month of March this weekend and every weekend until the end of the open enrollment period.

This weekend’s “Faith in Action” activities kick-off today at the Islamic Center of DC, located at 2551 Massachusetts Ave., NW from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
 

When/Where:

Faith Based Services This Weekend Dates and Times

Union Temple Baptist Church 
1225 W Street, SE (Ward 8) 

Sunday, March 16: 8 am and 11 am
(Enrollment following service)

The New Bethel Baptist Church
1739 S Street, NW (Ward 2)

Sunday, March 16: 10 am
(Enrollment following service)

Good Success Christian Church and Ministries
4401 Sheriff Road, NE (Ward 7)

Sunday, March 16: 9 am - 1 pm
(Service and enrollment times)

Allen Chapel AME Church
2498 Alabama Avenue, SE (Ward 8)

Sunday, March 16: 8 am and 11 am
(Education and outreach)

Pilgrim AME Church
1673 Rosedale Street, NE (Ward 6)
Second Floor

Sunday, March 16: 10 am
(Education and outreach)

St. Paul AME Church
4901 14th Street, NW  (Ward 4)

Sunday, March 16: 10:30 am
(Education and outreach)

Israel Baptist Church
1251 Saratoga Avenue, NE (Ward 5)

Sunday, March 16: 1 pm
(Enrollment following service)

Metropolitan AME Church
1518 M Street, NW (Ward 2)

Sunday, March 16: 8 am and 11 am
(Education and outreach)

Ward Memorial AME Church
241 42nd Street, NE (Ward 7)

Sunday, March 16: 11 am
(Enrollment following service)
Christ Our Redeemer AME Church
809 Upshur St., NW  (Ward 4)
Sunday, March 16: 10 am
(Education and outreach)
First Baptist Church
712 Randolph St., NW (Ward 1)
Sunday, March 16: 11 am
(Enrollment following service)
New Samaritan Baptist Church
1100 Florida Ave., NE (Ward 5)
Sunday, March 16: 10 am - 11 am and 1:15 pm - 2 pm
(Education and outreach)
 
Michigan Park Christian Church
1600 Taylor St., NE (Ward 5)
Sunday, March 16: 9:45 am
(Enrollment following service)

 

Faith Based Enrollment Centers Enrollment Dates and Times of Service

Leadership Council for Healthy Communities Enrollment Open House
(Next door to First Baptist Church at New Hampshire Avenue & Randolph Street, NW)
710 Randolph Street, NW (Ward 4)

Mondays-Fridays: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm 

Union Temple Baptist Church 
1225 W Street, SE (Ward 8) 

Thursdays: 6 pm --8:30 pm

Saturdays: 10 am - 2 pm

Sundays: 8 am and 11 am (enrollment following service)

The New Bethel Baptist Church
1739 S Street, NW (Ward 2)

Mondays-Fridays: 9 am - 5 pm

Saturdays: 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Good Success Christian Church and Ministries
4401 Sheriff Road, NE (Ward 7)

Mondays: 9 am - 12 noon

Wednesdays: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Fridays: 9 am - 12 noon

Sundays: 9 am - 1 pm (Service and enrollment times)

African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC) Finance Office
1134 11th Street, NW (Ward 2)

Tuesdays: 8 am - 4 pm

Brown AME Church
1363 Constitution Avenue, NE (Ward 6)

Mondays-Fridays: 8 am - 5 pm
Health Insurance Enrollment Education Summit
Enroll America/Brown Memorial AME Church

130 14th Street, NE
Saturday, March 15, 22, and 29, 2014
11 am - 2 pm

Allen Chapel AME Church
2498 Alabama Avenue, SE (Ward 8)

Mondays: 3 pm - 7 pm

Wednesdays: 3 pm - 6 pm

Sundays: 8 am (education and outreach)

Pilgrim AME Church
1673 Rosedale Street, NE (Ward 6)
Second Floor

Thursdays: 2 pm - 6 pm

Sundays: 11 am (education and outreach)

St. Paul AME Church
4901 14th Street, NW  (Ward 4)

Mondays-Fridays: 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Sundays: 10:30 am (education and outreach)

Israel Baptist Church
1251 Saratoga Avenue, NE (Ward 5)

Sundays: 1 pm (enrollment following service)

Metropolitan AME Church
1518 M Street, NW (Ward 2)

Sundays: 8 am and 11 am (education and outreach)

Ward Memorial AME Church
241 42nd Street, NE (Ward 7)

Sundays: 11 am (enrollment following service)
Dupont Park Adventist Church & Campus
3942 Alabama Avenue, SE
Tuesdays: 8:30 am - 11 am
Dupont Park Adventist Church & Campus
3985 Massachusetts Avenue, SE
Fridays: 2 pm - 5 pm
Calvary Healthcare (CHC), Inc.
802 Rhode Island Avenue, NE
Mondays-Fridays: 9 am - 3 pm

Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church

4611 Sheriff Road, NE

Mondays-Fridays: 10 am - 2 pm

Background:

The new health law provides individuals, families, and small businesses in the District of Columbia with new options for quality, affordable health insurance. DC Health Link is the District’s online health insurance marketplace that allows visitors to shop, compare, and buy coverage that fits their needs and budgets.

Eligible residents have until March 31, 2014, to enroll in a health insurance plan through DCHealthLink.com. Those who enroll before March 15, 2014, will have benefits effective April 1, 2014. Small businesses can enroll through DCHealthLink.com at any point.

Faith leaders are being asked to share information from their pulpits about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and quality, affordable health plans offered through DCHealthLink.com.

About the DCHL “From the Pulpit to the Pews” Faith based strategy - DC Health Link faith based initiative, which began last year, is designed to actively engage faith leaders in the campaign to educate and enroll District residents, small businesses and employees in affordable health insurance coverage. Some of the faith based activities include Interfaith Saturday and Interfaith Sunday where faith leaders and/or DCHL speakers share information with congregations about the ACA and DC Health Link during the worship services. These speaking engagements are followed by enrollment activities. Other activities include special enrollment events, education and enrollment summits, health fairs and faith based enrollment centers. Special musical concerts, ecumenical prayer breakfasts and faith based street team outreach are also included along with a faith based outreach tool kit.