During this rapidly evolving situation, DHCF will provide updates as they become available. Members of the public and all Medicaid Providers should check this page often for updates. For general coronavirus information, visit coronavirus.dc.gov.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing and Vaccine
Information about COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination is available at coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccine.
You are encouraged to get tested by your own doctor or health care provider. If a test result comes back positive, then you are already connected to the health care you need. If you do not have a doctor or health care provider, contact your health plan (MCO) or the Office of the Health Care Ombudsman to get connected to a doctor. If you need a test and your doctor or health care provider is unable to give you a test, then you should go to one of the District’s walk-up or drive-thru sites. Visit coronavirus.dc.gov/testing to get more information about testing locations and times.
- AmeriHealth Caritas DC: 1 (888) 452-3647
- CareFirst Community Health Plan DC: 1 (855) 326-4831
- Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN): (202) 467-2737
- MedStar Family Choice DC: 1 (888) 404-3549
- Office of the Health Care Ombudsman: (202) 724-7491
Medicaid Eligibility & Renewals
August 23, 2021 UPDATE: Medicaid, Alliance, and Immigrant Children’s Program (ICP) Renewals Extended
Beginning in March 2020, DHCF extended eligibility for residents enrolled in Medicaid, Alliance, and ICP and waived the Alliance face-to-face interview requirement to ensure continued access to coverage during the public health emergency. The District of Columbia’s public health emergency concluded on July 25, 2021. While the end of the District’s public health emergency does not impact the District’s Medicaid program, Alliance and ICP beneficiaries’ eligibility will no longer be automatically extended following the conclusion of the District’s public health emergency. Recertification processing and verification procedures are being reinstated for Alliance and ICP beneficiaries. Face-to-face interview requirements are eliminated and will not be reinstated. For more information, please review the transmittal below and continue to check this page for updates:
Transmittal 20-10 (rev.) Temporary Eligibility Policy Changes for Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Alliance, and Immigrant Children’s Programs in Response to Public Health Emergency (PHE) COVID-19
For more information on DHCF’s operations during the public health emergency, please review the Medicaid Director’s Letter below:
If you receive a stimulus check, Child Tax Credit, or pandemic unemployment assistance enhanced payments (PUA), those should not affect your eligibility for health coverage programs this year. See this guidance for more detailed information on these COVID-related payments and how they are counted for income and resource eligibility determinations.
Uninsured DC Residents Can Apply for Free Health Insurance
Medicaid is available to low-income District residents that are U.S. citizens or qualified immigrants and meet other financial and non-financial eligibility requirements. The Alliance and ICP are available to low-income District residents who are ineligible for Medicaid, regardless of citizenship status. District residents who experience a loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 health emergency should consider applying for these programs for assistance during and beyond the emergency period.
DHCF Authorizes Telemedicine Services to be Delivered in Beneficiaries Home
Medicaid, Alliance, and ICP beneficiaries may receive some health care services via telemedicine in their home. Telemedicine allows you to receive care and communicate with your doctor or other health care provider via phone or video while maintaining your privacy. Contact your health care provider for more information on telemedicine services.
The public charge rule does not stop people from obtaining all government benefits. Benefit programs in Washington, DC seek to help as many people in need as possible, and many benefit programs are open to all, regardless of immigration status. Even if receipt of a benefit may be considered by immigration officials sometime in the future, the most important thing to do is protect your health and your family.