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Reaching the Uninsured as They Ring in and Celebrate the New Year

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
DC Health Link at Watch Night Services, NHL Winter Classic and Post Season College Bowl Games to Encourage Uninsured to Enroll in Quality, Affordable Health Insurance

WHAT/WHO:          As residents ring in and celebrate the New Year, DC Health Link will be in the crowds searching for the uninsured, urging them to make health care a number one priority in the New Year and providing them with information about the District’s new online health insurance marketplace that allows them to shop, compare, and enroll in health insurance coverage that fits their needs and budgets. 

DC Health Link representatives will attend local churches for the annual New Year’s Eve Watch Night Services, exhibit at the NHL Winter Classic and join college football fans at local establishments for the post-season College Bowl Games. They will answer questions and provide information about quality affordable health insurance coverage, enrollment support, financial help with premium payments, and Medicaid options.  For more information about DC Health Link and to get a copy of the enrollment checklist, consumers can visit www.dchealthlink.com or call 1.855.532.LINK (5465). Download our mobile app at iTunes and Google Play.

WHEN/WHERE:      Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 10:00 pm to 12:30 am
Watch Night Services
• Pilgrim African Methodist Episcopal Church (Ward 6) - 612 17TH St., NE
• First Baptist Church Randolph Street (Ward 4) - 712 Randolph Street NW

Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
The NHL Winter Classic & “Rock the Riverfront” Festival
Canal Park, 200 L St., SE (behind Park Tavern)

Thursday, January 1, 2015 – 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm
ENROLL at the Bowls (Football Game Watch) 5:00 pm
• Buffalo Billiards (DuPont Circle) - 1330 19th Street, NW
• Irish Channel (Chinatown) -  At the Fairfield Inn and Suites - 500 H Street, NW
ENROLL at the Bowls (Football Game Watch - 8:00pm
• Union Pub (Mass Ave NE near Union Station) 201 Massachusetts Ave., NE
• Rhino Bar and Pumphouse (Georgetown) 3295 M Street, NW

BACKGROUND:      The Affordable Care Act provides individuals, families, and small businesses in the District of Columbia with affordable options for quality health insurance through DC Health Link, a new online health insurance marketplace.   Residents can also apply for public insurance called Medicaid.  There are 31 different private health insurance options from Aetna, CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Kaiser Permanente for individuals and families and 193 private health insurance options for small businesses from Aetna, CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, Kaiser Permanente, and United Healthcare. 

Open enrollment for individuals and families began November 15, 2014 and ends February 15, 2015. Consumers can apply for Medicaid coverage any time during the year.  Small businesses can enroll any time during the year.  Additionally, residents who qualify for a special enrollment period, for reasons such as losing their job or moving to the District, can enroll through DCHealthLink.com when they have a triggering event any time during the year.

DC Health Link Assisters including Mary’s Center, Whitman Walker, Unity, and New Bethel Baptist Church provide in-person help to all residents.  For a complete list of assisters and insurance brokers, download DC Health Link app at Google Play or iTunes.

DC Health Link is endorsed by the DC Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, and the National Association of Health Underwriters.