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It’s Not Over in DC

Monday, Dec 18, 2017

Open Enrollment continues through January 31, 2018

Washington, DC Today, the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority (DCHBX) is reminding District residents they can continue to sign up for health insurance coverage through DC Health Link through January 31, 2018. HBX is making this important reminder because the 2018 open enrollment period for was shortened to six weeks this year and concluded December 15. However, through action taken earlier this year by the HBX Executive Board, District residents have a longer open enrollment period to sign up for 2018 coverage. The deadline for Open Enrollment in the District is not until January 31, 2018—the same calendar days and amount of time to enroll as last year’s Open Enrollment Period.

“DC Health Link remains open for business until January 31, so we are urging Washingtonians in all eight wards to go to to shop for, compare, and enroll in health insurance,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “Help us spread the word: in Washington, DC there is still time to get covered and stay covered.”

Important upcoming deadlines for the continued open enrollment period are as follows:

  • January 15, 2018: The date by which someone must select a plan to obtain coverage that starts February 1, 2018.
  • January 31, 2018: The date by which someone must select a plan to obtain coverage that starts March 1, 2018.

In addition to visiting or calling (855) 532-LINK [5465], residents can visit any of these enrollment centers across the District of Columbia for free expert assistance.

Enrollment Centers Day/Time:
La Clinica Del Pueblo
2831 15th Street, NW
Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Mary's Center
3912 Georgia Ave, NW
Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Whitman Walker Health
WeWork Manhattan Laundry Building
1342 Florida Avenue, NW
Monday – Thursday
8:00 am – 7:00 pm
8:00 am – 5:00pm
Leadership Council for Healthy Comm.
Amazing Love Health Services
702 15th Street NE
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Unity Health Care
Anacostia Health Center
1500 Galen Street, SE
Monday – Friday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Unity Health Care
1251-B Saratoga Avenue, NE
8:15 am – 4:45 pm
Unity Health Care
3924 Minnesota Avenue, SE
Monday – Thursday
8:15 am – 4:45 pm
Unity Health Care
Upper Cardozo Health Center
3020 14th Street, NW
Monday – Friday
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Community of Hope
Conway Health Resource Center
4 Atlantic Street, SW
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Community of Hope
Family Health Birth Center
801 17th Street, NE
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
DC Primary Care Association
Woodridge Public Library
1801 Hamlin Street, NE
9:30 am – 1:30 pm
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final Insurance Market Stability regulation in April that shortened the 2018 enrollment period for to six weeks (November 1, 2017 through December 15, 2017). CMS recognized that state-based marketplaces may want to have longer enrollment opportunities for their residents. Recognizing that a three month open enrollment period works best for District residents, the HBX Executive Board adopted the recommendation from its Standing Advisory Board to allow a SEP for District residents to sign up for health insurance coverage from December 16, 2017 through January 31, 2018.

Open Enrollment for individuals and families ends January 31, 2018. There are 26 private health insurance options (including 2 catastrophic plans) from CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente for individuals and families. Eligible residents who make plan selections 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 at any point.


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