DC Healthy Families Program

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DC Healthy Families is a free health insurance program for low-income families living in DC. It is part of a part of a national initiative, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), to ensure that all children have health insurance.

  • If you are a resident of D.C. and have children under the age of 19, you and your children may be eligible for free health insurance through DC Healthy Families. In addition, D.C. Healthy Families covers guardians, pregnant women, and adolescents that live alone.
  • To be eligible, a family must have a household income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level (fpl). In 2008, for a family of 3, this works out to an annual income of up to $35,200, or a monthly income of up to $2,950.
  • If your family income is too high for family coverage, then your child may be eligible independently for DC Healthy Families. For your child to be independently eligible for coverage through DC Healthy Families, your family income must be less than 300% of FPL.  In 2008, for a family of 3, this worked out to an annual income of $52,000 or  a monthly income of $4,400.
  • Enrollment in Healthy Families lasts for 12-month period.  Eligibility for the program is assessed once per year.  At least 60 days before your eligibility runs out, you will receive a letter asking you to update changes in your residency, income, and family size.
  • If eligible, DC Healthy Families should cover most of your medical needs. This includes coverage for doctor’s visits, hospital care, specialty and diagnostic care, dental, and prescription medication. Once enrolled, you will not have to wait before getting care related to a pre-existing condition.
  • For more information, contact D.C. Healthy Families at (888) 557-1116 or visit them online at www.dchealth.dc.gov/doh/cwp/view,a,1371,q,575879,dohNav_GID,1807.asp or providers-dchealthyfamilies.com.

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