Today was the first day of the DC Health Link Enrollment Center at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library across the street from the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro Station. The workers were in place to help DC residents enroll in healthcare plans. Workers reported some visitors earlier in the day but by 3 p.m. all was quiet as the workers stood by to answer questions and to help people enroll.
The DC Health Link Enrollment Center is located in room 221 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on 9th and G Street, N.W. The drop-in enrollment center is designed to provide customers and small business owners with information about the Affordable Care Act. If customers are confused about the new law they will be able to get answers at the new center.
There is no shame in being confused by the new law. The present writer has 30 years of college teaching and study and there are still aspects of the law which are very confusing. DC Health Link is doing something about the confusion. "We know you have questions about the new health care options coming out 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 said.
By recognizing that many DC residents do not have computer access or online access at home DC Health Link is leading the nation in helping residents to understand the law and get enrolled. Those people who have never shopped on Amazon.com still need health insurance. "An on-line 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," DC Health Link said.
While the federal government is working to fix the national website, DC Health Link is giving DC residents the opportunity to learn about their health insurance options be attending a health fair on Saturday November 23, 2013 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. DC Health Link will explain the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to those residents who do not understand the new law.
As reported by Examiner.com since the new law went into effect on October 1, 2013, the DC Public Library has joined with DC Health Link to educate residents and to make the enrollment process easier to understand. The complaints being filed against the federal government website has been based on the frustration Americans face trying to enroll by using the website. The new DC Health Link enrollment center at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library is an effort to avoid the frustration and anger by Americans who have been unable to use the national website.
" 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," DC Health Link said.
Examiner.com has been in communication with DC Health Link since the law went into effect and will continue to report on the progress of the enrollment process. Any DC resident having problems signing up for health insurance should visit the new DC Health Link Enrollment Center on the second floor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library. The library will provide the following assistance:
- 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
Remember to join the Library and the DC Health Benefits Exchange at a health fair on Saturday, November. 23, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library directly across the street from the Gallery Place Metro Station. And remember when dealing with any government agency being patient is a virtue.And if at first you don't succeed, try and try, again. The DC Health Link employees are ready to provide customer service. "We are here and we are ready to help DC residents to enroll," the employees said.
Residents going to the library should take Metro. Parking in the area around the library is very difficult. The Metro station is only a few feet away from the library.