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CitiWide Becomes a DC Health Link Partner In Enrolling Individuals For Health Insurance Under The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

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Basic Information About Obamacare:

On August 13, 2013, CitiWide Computer Training Center partnered with District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange Authority In-Person Assister Program to enroll Washington, DC residents who qualify for health insurance under the federal health law known as the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The Affordable Care Act provides individuals and families, regardless of income, new rights, benefits, and responsibilities when it comes to their health insurance. An important goal of the law is ensuring that individuals and families have access to affordable, high-quality health coverage. It will also make it easier for people to shop for private health coverage, to get help with financial assistance to help pay for private insurance, and to apply for Medicaid. The District of Columbia has established DC Health Link to help people find, compare, and enroll in the health coverage that meets their needs and budget. Below is a summary of the major parts of the law that affect individuals and families. Click here to enroll:

You Choose Your Health Care Provider:

The existing private health insurance market has not worked well for many people. You may have been unable to find affordable coverage, been denied coverage, charged a much higher premium if you had medical needs, or learned your health insurance did not cover treatment for your pre-existing medical condition. Insurance policies were allowed to place annual or lifetime caps on your benefits that may have left you without enough insurance coverage when you were sick. Women of child-bearing age were charged more than men. And some people paid more for coverage if they worked in construction and other high-risk jobs – The new health care law has changed all of that. Click here to enroll:

You Have A Right Under Obamacare:

  • Insurance companies are not allowed to turn you down or charge you more because of a current or past medical condition like diabetes, heart disease, or cancer. And they must pay for care related to your condition.
  • Insurance companies are not allowed to charge you more because you are a woman of child-bearing age or because of your occupation. And there are limits on how much more insurers can charge older people.
  • Insurance companies are not allowed to cap your benefits annually or have lifetime dollar caps.

Brand New Benefits

All new private insurance policies sold in 2014 must cover an essential health benefit package that includes:

  • Doctor visits
  • Hospital stays
  • Emergency room care
  • Maternity and newborn care
  • Prescription drugs
  • Lab tests
  • Preventive tests and services
  • Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices
  • Chronic disease management
  • Mental health care
  • Substance use disorder services
  • Dental care for children
  • Vision care for children

There are no out-of-pocket costs for most preventive services like cancer screenings, immunizations, tobacco use screening, and well-baby or well-child visits. For a list of preventive care that must be provided, visit the website. Also, there can be no limits on the number of mental health or substance abuse treatment visits. View the available health plans along with estimated premiums on DC Health Link Website at

Your New Responsibility:

Starting in January 2014, most people are required to have health insurance or pay a penalty to the federal government. In 2014, the yearly penalty is $95 per adult or 1% of your income, whichever is higher, but it will rise to $695 or 2% of your income by 2016. Go ahead; get your health insurance TODAY. Click here to register/enroll now:

Meet Our Expert IPAs Under DC HealthLink

Mr. Chemuit is a professional with extensive experience in Education, Communications Technology Training and Management. He has excellent Information Communication, Technology, and Language skills along with a proven track record in the provision of translation services including technical documents. He is fluent in English, French, Spanish, Swahili, and Nandi. Mr. Chemuit is a telecommunications professional with extensive and varied experience stretching from terrestrial to satellite communications. He has a long-standing, close-working relationship with other professionals at middle-level as well as top-level management positions in most countries of the world. He has proven ability to work with all levels of leadership and staff within an organization, including CEOs, CTOs and Senior VPs. His expertise in resource management, project management, systems engineering, and planning has been recognized by colleagues in his field through various awards. He has strong skills in written, oral, and inter-personal communication. He is also well-grounded in teamwork, coaching, sales support and customer focus. He is certified IPA (Individual Personal Assister) under the DC HealthLink. Click here to enroll:

Mercilina Ezuma-Osuagwu is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta Georgia and Howard University in Washington DC. She has over 15 years' experience providing services to underprivileged women and youth. She is certified in Project Management and also Microsoft Office. She is experienced in training, monitoring, and evaluation. Mercilina was trained by the Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation (CYITC) in Navigating Youth Culture and Street Code as well as Advanced Youth Development (AYD) in November 2012. She was also trained by the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) in Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT). MRT helps youth make decisions by doing what is right for themselves, their families, and their community. She is a consummate professional with over 20 years of demonstrated experience in leadership responsibility in both the public and private sectors. She has demonstrated experience and proven track records in the not-for-profit industry. She has successfully worked with government, international, and non-governmental organizations in project implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. She successfully micro-managed funds from donor agencies and has proven experience in grant and proposal writing. She is also certified in CASAS administration. She is a member of the pilot Center for Excellence in Youth Development (CEYD). Mercilina is an expert IPA with regards to the DC HealthLink under Obamacare. Click here to enroll: