On the final weekend of open enrollment for D.C. residents, the parents at DC Well being Hyperlink had been attempting to get as many individuals as doable enrolled in an reasonably priced healthcare plan.
“It’s essential to interact with the parents that you simply’re attempting to achieve. For those who don’t interact, you’re not going to get wherever,” Antonio Guernica, the director of enterprise growth for the DC Well being Profit Trade Authority, mentioned.
On Sunday, Guernica was in Adams Morgan on the Our Girl Queen of the Americas Catholic Church, one of many weekend places for that engagement.
“We despatched out emails. We name individuals up on the cellphone. We observe up. We go go to them – no matter it takes,” he mentioned by laughter. “What does it do for you? OK, one, it retains your loved ones wholesome… Quantity two, it protects you from monetary break. Excessive medical payments is among the major causes individuals go bankrupt.”
Lots on the church are celebrated in English and Spanish, so it’s a great location to achieve out to the immigrant neighborhood.
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The outreach effort continued on the landmark Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Avenue NW. Whereas tour teams got here from throughout for the meals, the environment and the historical past, the Thompsons got here for protection.
“The method was very easy. We realized so much [about] how D.C. healthcare takes place and what must be executed,” Wealthy Thompson mentioned.
“I feel [the effort is] extremely necessary, as a result of lots of people simply is not going to take the time or don’t even know the place to go,” Angela Thompson mentioned.
And so, at eating places and at church, DC Well being Hyperlink took benefit of the weekend to supply meals for thought.
“We notice that medical health insurance just isn’t a horny subject, nevertheless it’s very, crucial,” Guernica mentioned.
Enrollment ends on Jan. 31, so there’s nonetheless time to enroll.
“The most effective place to go is DChealthlink.com. There you’ll have all the data as to what we’re doing,” Guernica mentioned.