The Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act

Health Care Enrollment Information at DCPL

We know you have questions about health care options under the Affordable Care Act. That's why DC Public Library has partnered with DC Health Link to connect you with the tools and resources you need to make well-informed health care choices during this open enrollment season.

DC Health Link Enrollment Center

The DC Health Link open enrollment period began Nov. 15. 

Get enrollment help at the DC Health Link Enrollment Center in room 315-B at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. This drop-in enrollment center is designed to provide consumers and small business owners with information about the Affordable Care Act, the new health insurance marketplace - DC Health Link - and the enrollment process. DC Health Link Assisters will be on site to answer questions.

The enrollment center will observe special extended hours Friday, Dec. 12 to Monday, Dec. 15.
Friday, Dec. 12    10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 13 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 14 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 15 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
For more information about extended hours, please visit dchealthlink.com/enrollmentcenters.

The enrollment center is typically open on the following days/times, except for holiday closures.
Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

The Enrollment Center will be closed Jan. 1 through Jan. 4, 2015.

Open Enrollment Programs

Throughout the open enrollment period, DC Health Link and the library will host enrollment days with trained In-Person Assisters and Brokers at branch libraries throughout the district. Check the library's programs calendar for upcoming workshops and assistance, including the Citywide Information Day and Enrollment Fair on Nov. 15.

At DC Public Library you can:
  • Get assistance finding relevant, reliable information on insurance and health topics
  • Use technology (computers, Internet, printing) to find information and complete applications on your own
  • Get assistance creating an email account – a requirement to complete the enrollment process
  • Attend health information workshops and sign up for one-on-one assistance when available
  • Find enrolling agencies in your community who can help you sign up for a plan

How do I Enroll?

An online marketplace, sometimes called a health care exchange, is a website that allows you to fill out an application and see the insurance coverage options available to you from private insurance companies and compare side-by-side. Marketplaces are run by the state or federal government to ensure the plans offered by private companies meet the requirements of the law. 
  • The District of Columbia's marketplace is called DC Health Link.
  • The Marketplace website at healthcare.gov is the primary tool for information about state/federally run marketplaces.

Important Enrollment Dates

Nov. 15, 2014 - Open enrollment begins, and you may begin using DC Health Link to enroll for insurance coverage.
Feb. 15, 2015 - The last day of open enrollment.
TBD - DC Health Link assisters will be available until April 15 for enrollment resolutions for customers who attempted to enroll prior to March 31.

Preparing for Enrollment

Healthcare.gov offers an overview of how to prepare to enroll, from understanding the options to setting your budget. A variety of information will be required to complete the enrollment process.
  • Social Security numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants)
  • Birth dates of family members
  • Pay stubs, W-2 forms, or "Wage and Tax Statements"
  • Policy numbers for any current health insurance
  • Information about any health insurance the family could qualify for from an employer

Enrollment Assistance

In-Person Assisters (IPAs)/Navigators are specially trained to guide people through the enrollment process and answer questions about the healthcare options. They can provide in-person enrollment assistance to individuals, families, small businesses, and their employees.

Beginning in November, there with be In-Person Assisters on-site at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library every day, and at libraries throughout the district on select enrollment days. All health events are included in the library’s programs calendar.  Check back often for new programs.

DC Health Link provides a searchable list of brokers and assisters to help you find the right health care solution for your family.

Find Health Information Online

DC Public Library provides free access to health information from scholarly and scientific journals through our electronic databases.