Mary’s Center’s Bilingual Health Access Program (BHAP), in partnership with the District of Columbia’s Department of Human Services (DHS) and Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (MOLA), assists participants with the process of applying for public benefits. These benefits include medical assistance, Medicaid, SNAP/Food Stamps, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). BHAP Outreach Workers provide guidance to clients every step of the way.
Additionally, our In Person Assisters (IPAs), in affiliation with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and DC’s Health Benefit Exchange (HBX/DC Health Link) serve clients looking to obtain health coverage by means of a qualified health plan (QHP), Medicaid, or private insurance.
Our staff gathers and translates all necessary documents for enrollment and helps families complete their applications in a timely manner. Outreach Workers and Assisters spend numerous hours in community settings, educating the public about the advantages and the process of enrolling in health insurance and public benefit programs. Our outreach workers and assisters speak Amharic, English, and Spanish.
**Open Enrollment for 2017 health insurance begins on November 1, 2016 and runs through January 31, 2017.**