District of Columbia: @DCHealthLink goes virtual to boost Hispanic health insurance enrollment during week of action

District of Columbia

via DC Health Link:

Hispanic leaders to discuss the vulnerability of Hispanic communities to COVID-19 and state of enrollment opportunities at 6th Annual Hispanic Leadership Health Forum; Virtual enrollment and outreach events scheduled throughout the week

Despite national studies showing the Hispanic community saw the biggest drops in uninsured rates thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the uninsured rate for the Hispanic community continues to be significantly higher than in other minority communities, according to a recent United States Census report.

In celebration of the National Hispanic Enrollment Week of Action, DC Health Link—in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Latino Affairs (MOLA), Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC), Mary’s Center and other community based organizations—will host its Annual Hispanic Enrollment Week of Action. DC Health Link is using this Enrollment Week of Action to accelerate outreach efforts to promote, educate and motivate Hispanics to enroll in quality, affordable health insurance. The Hispanic Enrollment Week of Action runs from January 12, 2021 through January 16, 2020.

The week features the popular DC Health Link Hispanic Health Leadership Symposium titled “The Hispanic Community and COVID-19.” Experts will focus on the vulnerability of Hispanic communities to COVID-19, COVID -19 and mental health implications, COVID-19 medical treatment, research and vaccines, and the health insurance enrollment opportunities during a pandemic. For more information about the Hispanic Leadership Health Symposium, please contact Veronica Cordova at vcordova@gwhcc.org or call (202) 481-3552.


Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 10:30am – 11:30am
DC Health Link Hispanic Health Leadership Symposium
“The Hispanic Community and COVID-19”
Zoom Registration
Moderator: Maria Gomez, President and CEO Mary’s Center
Panelist: Catalina Sol, Executive Director, La Clinica de Pueblo
“The Vulnerability of Hispanic Communities to COVID-19”
Panelist: Gabriela Romo, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Approved Clinical Supervisor in Maryland - “COVID 19 and Mental Health” 
Panelist: Dr. Tollie Elliott, Chief Medical Officer, Mary’s Center - “Medical Implications and COVID Vaccine: A Focus on the Facts”
Panelist: Purvee Kempf, General Counsel and Chief Policy Advisor,
DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority - “Now More Than Ever: The Importance of Health Insurance”

For more information about the DC Health Link Hispanic Health Leadership Symposium, please contact Veronica Cordova at vcordova@gwhcc.org or call (202) 728-0352.

Thursday, January 14, 2021, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Enrollment Information Workshop with EL Haynes Public Charter School
Zoom Link
Description: Mary’s Center, in partnership with DC Health Link, will provide health insurance information and enrollment services directly to families at EL Haynes Public Charter School. Information about steps to enrollment along with Medicaid and private insurance options, qualified health plans and financial help with plan premiums will be provided. For more information about this event, please call Mary’s Center at (202) 545-8022.

Thursday, January 14, 2021, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday, January 18, 2020, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Virtual One Touch Enrollment Event
Zoom appointment
Details: DC Health Link, in partnership with the Department of Human Services (DHS), the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF), Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School and the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC) has established the Virtual One Touch Enrollment Center to offer a one-stop shop for eligible health consumers to receive enrollment services including: expert help from licensed brokers and certified assisters, identity proofing, insurance program determination, premium reduction, verification, and legal assistance. Services are available in multiple languages. Schedule an appointment at DCOneTouch.sitemore.com or call (855) 532-LINK [5465]. Enrollment ends January 31.

DC Health Link’s Open Enrollment for individuals and families continues through January 31, 2021. Eligible District residents can enroll in a health insurance plan online through DCHealthLink.com or by calling (855) 532-LINK [5465]. Plan selections made by January 15 will be effective on February 1, 2021. Plan selections made between January 16 and January 31 will be effective on March 1, 2021. Small businesses—as well as individuals and families eligible for Medicaid—can enroll through DCHealthLink.com at any point.