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D.C. Residents Get More Time to Choose Health Insurance Plan for Jan. 1 Benefits

12/5/2013, 4:38 p.m.
The DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority announced Thursday that residents seeking health insurance coverage effective Jan. 1 will have an ...
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The DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority announced Thursday that residents seeking health insurance coverage effective Jan. 1 will have an additional eight days to choose a plan through DC Health Link, the District's new online health insurance marketplace.

Consumers now will have until Dec. 23 to choose a plan for 2014 and have benefits beginning Jan. 1. Individuals and families have 34 health plan options from three major insurance carriers — Aetna, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, and Kaiser Permanente.

Moving forward, once an individual or family chooses a health plan, they will receive an invoice directly from their insurance company.

Those who choose a plan after Dec. 23 but before Jan. 15 will have coverage effective Feb. 1. Open enrollment continues through March 31.

Beginning in January, individuals and families who choose a plan between the first and fifteenth day of the month will have coverage beginning on the first day of the next month. Those who choose a plan between the sixteenth and last day of the month will have coverage effective the first day of the second following month.