DC Health Link and the Mayor’s Office of African Affairs will host its last virtual town hall about insuring immigrants and finding treatment for COVID-19 on Wednesday, April 7. (Courtesy Photo)

By Deborah Bailey
Special to the AFRO

African immigrants living in Washington, D.C. without health insurance are urged to connect with DC Health Link Wednesday April 7th for a virtual Town Hall meeting to ensure they are not left uncovered through the COVID-19 pandemic.  

“Get the Facts. Get Covered: Health Insurance Enrollment During COVID-19”  is the last in a series of  townhall meetings DC Health Link is partnering with the Mayor’s Office of African Affairs to host from  5:30 pm – 7:00 pm next Wednesday. Translation services will be available for Spanish, French, Amharic, and Arabic speakers. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over”, said Mila Kofman, Executive Director of the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority. 

The Town hall meeting will equip participants with information and resources to choose a health plan, eligibility, requirements and how to access the Virtual One Touch Process, created to simplify enrollment. 

Persons currently without health insurance can learn about options including Medicaid, free COVID-19 testing, diagnosis, treatment and how to get vaccines. 

“We are excited to connect with immigrants across the language diaspora in this final town hall,” Kofman told the {AFRO}. 

DC Health Link’s open enrollment period will continue through the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. Health Link plans cover eligible residents, employees and dependents of employees already covered through DC Health Link. 

All DC Health Link plans cover free diagnosis, treatment testing and vaccination for COVID-19 for. Residents signing up during the COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period can have coverage effective immediately.