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Faith leaders will encourage members to enroll in DC Health Link Sunday

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The Montgomery Bus Boycott that led to the end of racial segregation in the South in 1956 was led by a faith leader at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. His leadership took him from being an unknown minister to be world renowned as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The role that ministers have played in the African-American community has been unique since the emancipation of the American slaves in 1865. From the efforts to fight illiteracy by Rev. Daniel Alexander Payne to the work of Rev. Martin Luther King the role of the faith leader has been instrumental to service to the community.

On Sunday December 8, 2013, faith leaders across the District of Columbia will inform, inspire, and encourage parishioners to enroll in DC Health Link and to get health insurance coverage. While faith leaders have always been concerned about the health of their members, the new law gives faith leaders a special mandate to help their communities get informed and enrolled.

“Faith leaders will continue their efforts to inform parishioners about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and encourage DC residents and small business owners to enroll in affordable health plans on the District’s new online health insurance marketplace, DC Health Link. Certified DC Health Link Assisters and Insurance Brokers will be on-site to offer enrollment assistance,” DC Health Link said.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires that all District of Columbia residents buy health insurance to be in compliance with the law. Every District of Columbia resident must be insured or will be fined. The new law requires District of Columbia residents to enroll in a health insurance plan by March 31, 2014 through DC HealthLink.com. Residents who enroll before December 15, 2013, will have benefits effective on January 1, 2014. Small business can enroll through DC HealthLink.com at any point.

For more information on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act go to: DC HealthLink.com

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