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DC Health Link on the Menu for Saturday Brunch

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
District-wide effort to reach Millennials on National Youth Enrollment Day includes “Brunch Bounce” and “Knock, Knock” Door-to-Door Canvassing

WHAT/WHO:              

Millennials (people between the ages of 18 - 34) are the most underinsured demographic within the District of Columbia and the country. National Youth Enrollment Day (#NYED) targets the interests and health needs of this population to encourage them to enroll in quality, affordable health insurance offered through health insurance exchanges like DC Health Link. DC Health Link has scheduled several new and existing events for #NYED.

On National Youth Enrollment Day— Saturday, December 10, 2016—DC Health Link will partner with Young Invincibles, Enroll America, Out 2 Enroll, and the White House Office on Public Engagement to visit popular Millennial brunch spots.  DC Health Link partners and staff will “bounce” from one brunch spot to the next to reach, inform and engage young adults about the Affordable Care Act and health insurance coverage through DC Health Link. Through this unique canvassing of commercial and residential areas, certified assisters and volunteers will spread the word to this targeted hard-to-reach population and answer questions about enrollment, insurance renewal, financial help and enrollment support and locations.

During National Youth Enrollment Day, DC Health Link will also be participating in a social media blitz using its platforms on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to reach District Millennials. Messages will include encouraging Millennials to get enrolled in quality, affordable health insurance coverage through DC Health Link and reminding them of the upcoming December 15th deadline to get enrolled for coverage beginning January 1.

WHEN/WHERE:      

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10:00am – 6:00pm 

BRUNCH BOUNCE 
Multiple Locations–11:00am - 3:00pm

Brookland Corridor – Northeast DC, (Ward 5)
•    Busboys and Poets - 625 Monroe St NE
•    Brookland Pint – 716 Monroe Street NE
•    Filter Café – 716 Monroe Street NE
•    Farmers Market – 716 Monroe Street, NE (arts walk)
•    Smith Public Trust - 3514 12th St. NE 
•    Steel Plate - 3523 12th St NE

H Street Corridor - Northeast DC (Ward 6) 
•    Boundary Road - 414 H Street, NE 
•    DC Harvest - 517 H Street, NE 
•    Ben’s Chili Bowl – 1001 H Street, NE
•    Smith Commons – 1245 H Street, NE
•    RedRocks - 1348 H Street, NE 
•    Ethiopic – 401 H Street, NE
•    Fare Well – 406 H Street, NW
•    Sidamo Coffee Shop – 417 H Street, NE
•    Po Boy Jims – 709 H Street NE
•    Ben’s Chili Bowl – 1001 H Street, NE
•    Vendetta – 1212 H Street, NW
•    Farmers Market at H & 13th Streets (12:00pm-2:00pm)
•    Impala – 1358 H Street, NE
•    RedRocks - 1348 H Street, NE 
•    Star & Shamrock – 1341 H Street
•    Halftime Sports – 1427 H Street

14th Street and U Street Corridor – Northwest DC (Wards 1&2) 
•    The Wydown – 1924 14th Street, NW
•    Matchbox – 1901 14th Street, NW 
•    Café Saint-Ex – 1847 14th Street, NW
•    Amsterdam Falafel Shop – 1830 14th Street, NW
•    Ted’s Bulletin – 1818 14th Street, NW
•    Cork Market – 1805 14th Street, NW
•    Cork Wine Bar  – 1720 14th Street, NW
•    Lost Society – 2001 14th Street, NW
•    Busboys and Poets – 2021 14th Street, NW
•    Ben’s Next Door – 1211 U Street, NW
•    Ulah Bistro & Lounge – 414 U Street, NW

Eastern Market/Barracks Row– Southeast DC (Ward 6)  
•    Eastern Market (multiple vendors, including DC Health Link SHOP customer, Market Lunch) – 225 7th Street, SE
•    Boxcar Tavern -- 224 7th Street, SE
•    Peregrine Espresso -- 660 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
•    Montmartre -- 327 7th Street, SE
•    Bullfrog Bagels -- 317 7th Street, SE
•    Ted’s Bulletin – 505 8th Street, SE
•    Matchbox – 521 8th Street, SE
•    Ambar – 523  8th Street, SE
•    Cava Mezze -- 527 8th Street, SE

Anacostia and Good Hope Road Corridor – Southeast DC (Ward 8) 
•    Anacostia Arts Center – 1231 Good Hope Road, SE
•    Cheers @ The Big Chair - 2122 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE
•    Uniontown – 2200 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE

OTHER SATURDAY ACTIVITIES INCLUDE

Christmas Market (Outreach to Millennial Families)
Community of Hope Conway Health Resource Center–10:00am - 3:00pm
4 Atlantic Street, SW
Activity: DC Health Link joins community partner Community of Hope at their annual Christmas Market—a popular community event including family-friendly activities, food, toys, and handmade gifts. DC Health Link certified enrollment staff will provide information about quality, affordable health insurance coverage and premium reductions. They will answer questions, and offer enrollment and renewal application support.

EdFest – DC Public Schools (Outreach to Millennial Moms)
DC Armory–11:00am - 3:00pm
2001 E Capitol St SE
Activity:  DC Health Link staff will be on hand at the health fair being held at EdFEST, the District’s citywide school fair. DC Health Link certified enrollment staff will be available to provide information about quality affordable health insurance coverage and premium reductions. They will answer questions, and offer enrollment and renewal application support. 

BACKGROUND:          

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

Open Enrollment for individuals and families begins November 1, 2016 and ends January 31, 2017. There are 20 private health insurance options (including 2 catastrophic plans) from CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente for individuals and families. Eligible District residents can enroll in a health insurance plan online through DCHealthLink.com or by calling (855) 532-LINK [5465]. Eligible residents who enroll on or before December 15, 2016 will have their benefits effective January 1, 2017. After that date, plan selections made by the 15th of each month during Open Enrollment will be effective on the first day of the following month. Small businesses—as well as individuals and families eligible for Medicaid—can enroll through DCHealthLink.com at any point.