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Mayor Bowser Announces DC Joins ‘Get Covered 2021’

Tuesday, November 24, 2020
A National Effort to Help Residents Get Insured During COVID-19 Pandemic

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority announced that the District has joined Get Covered 2021, a national initiative to get uninsured Americans covered and promote information about quality affordable health plans and premium reductions. DC residents are encouraged to sign up for high-quality, affordable health insurance at DCHealthLink.com. Open enrollment for District residents runs through January 31, 2021. For coverage to be effective January 1, 2021, residents must enroll by December 15, 2020.

“The pandemic has placed a renewed focus on the importance of knocking down barriers to high-quality health care and getting everyone in our community covered,” said Mayor Bowser. “We want all residents to use this open enrollment period as a chance to get covered, or to find an even better plan if they already are covered. We are proud of our local marketplace, and DC will continue working with states and federal partners to strengthen the Affordable Care Act and expand access to health care.”

The DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority, the District of Columbia’s Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplace, joined Get Covered 2021, along with 14 states and an array of providers, patient, and consumer groups, to promote ways for residents to get health insurance in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the District has the second lowest uninsured rate in the nation with over 96% of District residents covered, the focus of the campaign is to ensure every resident gets covered.

“DC is proud to be a part of the Get Covered 2021 coalition to advance efforts to protect against COVID, and to close the coverage gap by getting all eligible residents enrolled in health insurance,” stated Mila Kofman, Executive Director, DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority, which manages and operates DC Health Link, the District’s online health insurance marketplace. “We are proud to work alongside all of the partners in the Get Covered 2021 coalition to send the message in the District of Columbia and across the nation that we are standing together to help Americans stay safe and healthy, and that coverage and help is there for them during a time they need it the most.”

Consumers can get connected directly to the Affordable Care Act marketplace in their state to learn about their coverage options and enroll at GetCovered2021.org.

Get Covered America Day – December 10, 2020

On Thursday, December 10, the Get Covered 2021 coalition will organize a national “Get Covered America Day,” centered on promoting ways all individuals can take action across the nation to help more people get insurance coverage. Learn more at GetCovered2021.org.