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District of Columbia health insurance

A guide to finding affordable health insurance in the nation's Capital

dc guide to health insurance

How healthy is it living in the nation's Capital? The District of Columbia is not rated by America's Health Rankings®, the annual United Health Foundation report that identifies the healthiest states because its highly urban nature makes it unique from the states. However, the foundation does include 2012 data about the District of Columbia.

The good news:

  • The high school graduation rate is low, but it rose from 56.0 percent in 2011 to 62.4 percent in 2012.
  • The percentage of uninsured individuals dropped about two points to 10.6 percent.
  • The infant mortality rate dropped from 18.7 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2007 to 10.3 in 2012.

The bad news:

  • More than one-third of children are in poverty. This figure has increased over the past five years.
  • Infectious disease rates are high: 27 cases per 100,000 people in 2012.

For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on District of Columbia.

Trust for America’s Health is another source for key District of Columbia health quality findings.

In addition, 2010’s federal health reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), included the creation of a prevention fund to provide more than $16 billion over the next 10 years to invest in effective, proven prevention efforts, like childhood obesity prevention and tobacco cessation, and the site has a report on how it impacts District of Columbia here.

Get local health results

State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for District of Columbia, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.

Does District of Columbia have
a health insurance high risk pool?

IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, District of Columbia started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. Learn about eligibility here.

Rapidly becoming obsolete as state health insurance exchanges prepare to open, risk pools were state-sponsored programs that helped people who could afford to buy health insurance, but were not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition.

Programs varied significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state were required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black.

In the best cases, they allowed people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.

More District of Columbia resources

District of Columbia state health insurance exchange

District of Columbia’s exchange

Find out what your state’s health insurance exchange will look like.


$47 million to 592,234 families

Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $157 per District of Columbia family in 2012.


Find out how your member of the District of Columbia Congressional delegation voted on health care.

DC state government resources

District of Columbia Department of Health

Department of Health Phone: (202) 442-5955 Fax: (202) 442-4788 825 North Capitol Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 Designs public health systems, diagnoses and investigates health threats, develops policy, provides education and disease…

DC advocacy resources

DC: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services

When making decisions about health coverage, consumers should know the specifics regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care…

Other DC health insurance links

District of Columbia Primary Care Association

DCPCA is a leader in the health care community as a nonprofit health action and advocacy organization working to ensure that all residents of Washington, DC have the ability and opportunity to lead healthier lives – through increased health care…

District of Columbia health insurance companies

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Celtic Ins. Co.
Golden Rule
Kaiser Mid-Atlantic

Health insurance for DC individuals

Resources for those individuals seeking health care insurance in District of Columbia. If you are looking for District of Columbia Medicare, visit our site for health insurance over 65.