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White House, DC Health Link Officials Pause to Say Thanks at Sunday Worship Service and Urge Continued Enrollment Push to Finish Line

Friday, March 28, 2014
Special day to include music by Howard University Gospel Choir, onsite enrollment for residents and small businesses, health screenings and more.

What/Who:

DC Health Link (DCHL) and White House officials will say “Thank You” this Sunday, March 30 to all of its local faith based partners and in-person assisters during a special appreciation service at Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, 4606 16th Street, NW. The central message will be “Great job, but there’s more to do; the race to the finish line is not over yet.” More than 100 in-person assisters, faith based organizations and community leaders will be recognized for their hard work, creativity, and accomplishments-to-date.

The special service will be led by Rev. Dr. Derrick A. Harkins, Senior Pastor at the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church. Inspirational music will be rendered by the renowned Howard University Gospel Choir.

Before, during and after the worship service, health screenings and a health insurance enrollment fair will take place to provide an opportunity for consumers and small businesses to enroll before the next open enrollment period. Certified in-person assisters and licensed health insurance brokers will be on-hand to provide information, answer questions, assist with the enrollment process and share information about eligibility for reductions in premium and out-of-pocket expenses.

Following the service and enrollment fair, DC Health Link will exhibit at 3:00 pm with the “Business Sunday” event being sponsored by Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, the US Small Business Administration (SBA) Minority Business Development Agency, and the US Department of Commerce. 

Special guests throughout the day will include Melissa Rogers, Special Assistant to the President and Executive Director, White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Mila Kofman, J. D. Executive Director of the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority, Angela Franco, President and CEO, Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and others.

When/Where:

Sunday, March 30, 2014 – 10:00 am
Nineteenth Street Baptist Church

4606 16th Street, NW

Schedule:

  • 8 am - 4 pm: Individual and Family Enrollment  and Health Screening (Open to the Public)
  • 10 am - 12 noon: Morning Worship Service of Thanks
  • 3 pm - 5 pm: Exhibit & Enrollment for Small Businesses at “Business Sunday” (Hosted by Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, SBA Minority Business Development Agency and the US Department of Commerce)

Additional” Faith in Action” weekend enrollment events include:

Faith in Action Weekend Enrollment Events Date and Time
Interfaith Saturday
Jewish Community Center Enrollment Fair
1529 16th Street, NW
Saturday, March 29, 2014
11 am - 2 pm
Ft. DuPont Park Seventh Day Adventist Church Enrollment Fair
3985 Massachusetts Avenue, SE
Saturday, March 29, 2014
11 am - 2 pm
DC Health Link Laundromat Saturday
Mama’s Laundromat
4528 Benning Road, SE
(BenCo Shopping Center - corner of Benning Road & East Capitol Street)
Saturday, March 29, 2014 
2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Interfaith Sunday
DC Health Link Laundromat Sunday
Quality Wash Laundromat

6201 Georgia Avenue, NW
(DC Connect Mobile Van to provide onsite Wi-Fi location for enrollment)
Sunday, March 30, 2014
2 pm - 5 pm
DC Health Link @CVS
5227 Georgia Avenue, NW
Sunday, March 30, 2014
2 pm - 6 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 who enroll in a health insurance plan through DCHealthLink.com by March 31, 2014, will have benefits effective May 1, 2014. Small businesses can enroll through DCHealthLink.com at any point.

Due to high demand for enrollment, residents who need in-person or telephone assistance will now have through April 15th to enroll. People with an online account with DC Health Link who have not yet selected a health plan also will have through April 15th to enroll in a private health plan.