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Health Insurance and Health Care Resources

Health Insurance Open Enrollment (Until January 31, 2019)

The primary goal of DC Health Link Storefront Enrollment Centers is to provide a comfortable and convenient environment to help consumers shop, compare and enroll in affordable health insurance. In-person enrollment support with certified and trained Assisters and licensed health insurance brokers are available to help consumers navigate the enrollment process and select from various health insurance plans. They will also help consumers determine if they qualify for financial assistance. Consumers will be helped with the renewal process and encouraged to review their current coverage.

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Health Care Resources

WIC is a program that provides the following services to pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children up to age 5:

  • Nutrition counseling and education
  • Breastfeeding resources and support
  • Nutrient-rich foods (Foods provided by the program supply calcium, protein, iron, and Vitamins A, D, and C.)
  • Immunization assessment and screening
  • Referrals to health and social service providers
  • For women and children over 1-year-old, WIC also provides fresh fruits and vegetables (May – November) through the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.

More information about the WIC program and locations in Washington, DC is available here: dchealth.dc.gov/service/special-supplemental-nutrition-program-women-infants-and-children-wic

For a list of Community Provider Resources, please visit: dchealth.dc.gov/page/community-provider-resources

The mission of the Office of the Health Care Ombudsman and Bill of Rights is to guide, advocate and help people navigate through the health care system by helping them understand their health care coverage, assist in appealing health insurance decision, including public health care programs (Medicaid, Medicare, Tri-Care) and assisting District residents and those who have claims, medical procedures and prescriptions that have been denied by insurance companies that are regulated by the District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking.

Main website: https://healthcareombudsman.dc.gov

Information on advice offered: https://healthcareombudsman.dc.gov/service/advice-01

Vital Records

For access to birth and death records in the District of Columbia, visit the DC Department of Health: https://dchealth.dc.gov/service/vital-records

Senior Wellness Centers

The Office on Aging Wellness Centers provide comprehensive programs that promote the health and wellness of DC senior residents 60 years of age and older. The programs serve as city-wide health education and applied learning centers with activities delivered through classes in nutrition, exercise, reflexology, smoking cessation and other health dialogues, seminars, support groups, auxiliary activities, creative arts, intergenerational programs and peer leader training. All services focus on wellness, health promotion and disease prevention.