Statement by Richard Sorian, Director of Communications

Nov 08, 2013, 17:39 ET from DC Health Link

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "I am very disappointed in the misleading and inaccurate report about DC Health Link, the online health insurance marketplace for the District of Columbia.  Such information is an inaccurate depiction of the strong level of interest by the residents and business owners of the District of Columbia in obtaining quality, competitively priced health insurance.

Here are the facts. As of October 21:

  • 12,294 District residents had created personal accounts at DC Health Link
  • 321* of those accounts had selected a health plan for enrollment (*includes individuals, couples and families, so the number of people affected likely exceeds 1,000)
  • In addition, 426 small businesses had created accounts.

We recognize that most people do not have the luxury of paying for coverage in October – months before a bill is due. I hope that all consumers here in the District remember that they have until Dec. 15 to finalize their selection by paying their first month's premium in order to have coverage on Jan. 1, 2014. Small businesses have until Dec. 12 to do the same. No hard-working person or family should be pressured into making a hasty decision or paying an invoice weeks or months before it is due.  

Purchasing health insurance is a thoughtful consumer decision; for many DC residents it represents a significant investment of resources and is a decision that will not be made in a single visit to our website. Our data show that District residents and small business owners are doing exactly what we hoped they would do – they are taking the time to research their options and make decisions about health insurance that are sensible for themselves, their families, their businesses, and their employees.

We are very pleased with the strong, enthusiastic response from the residents and small business owners in the District to date."

SOURCE DC Health Link