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DC Healthcare Alliance and Cover All DC

There are two additional options available for residents of the District of Columbia seeking health coverage, but who are not eligible for DC Health Link---DC Healthcare Alliance and Cover All DC.

DC Healthcare Alliance

The DC Healthcare Alliance Program is a managed care health plan that provides medical assistance to District residents who are not eligible for Medicaid. The Alliance serves low-income District residents who have no other health insurance and are not eligible for either Medicaid or Medicare. This program is sponsored and paid for by the District government.

To be eligible for the DC Healthcare Alliance, you must be a resident of the District of Columbia, meet financial eligibility requirements, not have any other health or medical health coverage and complete a face- to-face interview.

You may be eligible for DC Healthcare Alliance, if you:

  1. Are twenty-one (21) and older;
  2. Are a District resident;
  3. Have income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level ( see chart below);
  4. Have resources (for example, a bank account) at or below $4,000 for one person and $6,000 for couple or families; and
  5. Have no health insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid.
Household Size Household Monthly Income
1 $1,945
2 $2,622
3 $3,298
4 $3,975
5 $4,652
6 $5,328
7 $6,005
8 $6,682
  • Doctor visits
  • Preventive care (checkups, diet and nutrition)
  • Prenatal care (pregnancy)
  • Prescription drugs
  • Laboratory services
  • Medical supplies
  • Dental Services up to $1000
  • Any service provided by a healthcare professional outside of the managed care health plan’s provider network
  • Vision care
  • Mental/Behavioral health and substance abuse services
  • Non-emergency transportation services
  • Long term care services that extend more than 30 days
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Open Heart Surgery
  • Organ transplantation

There are no premiums and no copayments or other charges for services covered by DC Healthcare Alliance.

Once you have been determined eligible for DC Healthcare Alliance, you will be automatically assigned to a managed care health plan. You have 90 days to request a different managed care plan. DC Healthcare Alliance program enrollees are not eligible for retroactive coverage.

You must fill out a paper application and complete a face-to-face interview at a Department of Human Services Service Center. Find a location near you.

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Cover All DC (for Non-Alliance Eligible Residents)

Cover All DC is a new opportunity for DC residents who do not meet eligibility requirements for DC Health Link (including private coverage or Medicaid) or DC Healthcare Alliance to enroll in private health insurance. For example, if your income is too high to qualify for DC Healthcare Alliance, you could get health insurance through Cover All DC. If you do qualify for DC Alliance, you should continue to get your health insurance that way.

You are eligible to enroll if you:

  1. Do NOT meet the citizenship or eligible immigration status requirements to enroll in private health insurance or Medicaid; and
  2. Are a District resident; and
  3. Are not currently incarcerated.

The premiums and out-of-pocket costs (like copayments) depend on which health plan you choose, but there are several plans to choose from that have a range of monthly premiums and out of pocket costs.

No. People enrolling through the Cover All DC do not qualify for reduced premiums.

No. Cover All DC is not based on income. People at all income levels can enroll. If your income is at or below 200% of federal poverty level, you could qualify for no cost health coverage through the DC Healthcare Alliance.

Cover All DC is not for you if:

  1. You are eligible to enroll in private health insurance through DC Health Link,
  2. You are eligible for Medicaid, or DC Healthcare Alliance; or
  3. You are eligible for coverage through a job-based health plan.

Health Plans are offered through

  • CareFirst/BlueCross Blue Shield
  • Kaiser Permanente

Dental Plans are offered through

  • BestLife
  • CareFirst
  • Delta Dental
  • Dentegra
  • Dominion Dental

Cover All DC offers a comprehensive range of benefits and is open to adults and children. There is no financial assistance available for Cover All DC. If you enroll, you must pay the full cost of all premiums as well as co-pays, coinsurance, and deductibles. The chart below compares the two programs.

DC Alliance DC Link
Premiums $0 Full cost of private health plan
Cost-sharing (copayments, deductibles, etc.) $0 Costs vary depending upon the plan
Financial assistance Free program None available
Financial eligibility requirements Income at or below 200% of poverty None
Age requirements Age 21 and over Any age
Covered benefits Medical and limited dental benefits Comprehensive medical benefits. Dental benefits can be purchased separately.

Health insurance offered through Cover All DC is exactly the same as plans offered through DC Health Link. Each health plan has a benefit package that covers at least the following minimum benefits:

  • Doctor visits
  • Hospital stays
  • Emergency room care
  • Maternity and newborn care
  • Prescription drugs
  • Lab tests
  • Preventive tests and services
  • Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices
  • Chronic disease management
  • Mental health care
  • Substance use disorder services
  • Dental care for children
  • Vision care for children

The health insurance plan you purchase may include more than the services listed above, and the amount of coverage differs in each plan. You should always review the plan’s Summary of Benefit and Coverage before purchasing a plan. Summaries for plans can be found here.

Information on “eligible immigration status” is available here. If you are a citizen or have an eligible immigration status, then you are not eligible for Cover ALL DC. You must apply directly through DC Health Link’s individual marketplace.

You can enroll in Cover ALL DC at any time until January 31, 2016. After that, you will only be able to enroll during the annual DC Health Link open enrollment period, or if you qualify for a special enrollment period. Coverage usually starts two to six weeks after you decide which plan you want to enroll in.

To apply, please visit one of the community organizations listed below:

The following community partners will have Cover All DC applications available AND staff to assist consumers with completing the application:

Mary’s Center
3912 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 420-7091
Hours of Operations: Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Languages: English, Spanish and Amharic

Whitman-Walker Health
1342 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 745-6151
Hours of Operations: Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 7:30 pm; Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Languages: English, Spanish and Amharic

The following locations will ONLY have Cover All DC applications available:

Office on African Affairs
2000 14th Street, NW
2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 727-5634
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Office of Latino Affairs
2000 14th Street, NW
2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 671-2825
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs
441 4th Street, NW
Suite 721 North
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 727-3120
Hours of Operation: Monday- Friday: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm

Consulate of Mexico
1250 23rd Street NW
Washington DC 20037
Hours of Operations: Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Languages: English, Spanish

Consulate of El Salvador
2332 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington DC 20007
Hours of Operations: Monday- Friday: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Languages: English, Spanish

Consulate of Colombia
1101 17th Street NW, Suite 1007
Washington DC 20036
Hours of Operation: Monday- 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Languages: English, Spanish

Ethiopian Community Center
7603 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20012
(202) 726-0800
Hours of Operations: Monday – Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm and Saturday 9:00am – 4:00 pm
Languages: English and Amharic

Unity Health Care - Minnesota Ave Health Center
1500 Galen Street NE
Washington, DC 20020
(202) 469-4699; Option 4
Hours of Operations: Monday – Friday: 8:15 am – 4:45 pm
Language: English

Chinatown Service Center
500 I Street, NW
Room 107
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 898-0061
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Languages: Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Mandarin

NOTE: Individuals who are eligible for the DC Healthcare Alliance Program may choose to participate in the Cover ALL DC for Non Eligible Residents program instead. The DC Healthcare Alliance Program, however, is FREE. Individuals participating in the DC Link for Non-Alliance Eligible Residents program are required to pay the full cost of their insurance premiums, as well as any other insurance expenses, such as deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurance.
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