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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Enrolling in Health Insurance Coverage for Individuals and Families

Does DC Health Link have a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Special Enrollment Period?

Yes. Anyone who is uninsured can enroll. Enroll Now

Can I get health insurance now in DC if I am uninsured?

Yes. Enroll Now

Do I need to have symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in order to get coverage now?

No. Any resident who is uninsured can enroll.

If I'm losing coverage from my job, can I get coverage on DC Health Link?

Yes. Don’t wait until your coverage from your job ends. Enroll Now

When will health insurance coverage start?

You can choose coverage starting the first of this month or the first of next month. For example, if you sign up in March, you can choose for your coverage to start either March 1 or April 1.

What's the difference between the American Rescue Plan open enrollment and the COVID-19 special enrollment period?

Both the American Rescue Plan open enrollment and the COVID-19 special enrollment period offer DC residents more opportunities to enroll in private health coverage. The only difference between the two is when your coverage would begin.

Under the American Rescue plan open enrollment, your plan starts depending on when you enroll:

Enrollment date: Coverage start:
April 1 – April 15 May 1
April 16 – May 15 June 1
May 16 – June 15 July 1

Under the COVID-19 special enrollment period, you can choose your coverage to start either the month you enroll or the first of next month.

Example: If you enroll April 21, you can choose coverage to start either April 1 or May 1.

What if I can’t afford the premium?

Depending on your income, you may qualify for lower monthly premiums for private health insurance or Medicaid at no cost to you. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, premiums are lower for many DC residents. You can use the Plan Match tool to estimate the lower monthly premium you may qualify for without submitting an application for premium reductions. It takes less than a minute. Use our Plan Match tool now.

Learn more about the American Rescue Plan and create a DC Health Link account, provide your income and household information and get lower premiums instantly.