District of Columbia Resources

This page has information specific to this district, including contact information for federal and state agencies, and some key information about laws and consumer protections.

To find financial assistance resources, please visit CancerFinances.org.

Click here for information about laws specific to District of Columbia.

Disability Insurance

Federal Disability Insurance (SSDI & SSI)
Social Security Administration

Consumer Resources


Federal Fair Employment Agency
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Reasonable Accommodations
Job Accommodation Network

Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
U.S. Department of Labor
Wage & Hour Division

Paid Family Leave
Department of Employment Services

Unemployment Agency
DC Department of Employment Services Unemployment Compensation Program

Vocational Rehabilitation
District of Columbia Department on Disability Services

Health Insurance

Quick Guide to Health Insurance Marketplaces

District of Columbia Health Insurance Marketplace (a.k.a Exchange)
DC Health Link

Health Insurance Consumer Assistance Program
District of Columbia Office of Health Care Ombudsman and Bill of Rights

Insurance Bureau of the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB)

State Children's Health Insurance Program
DC Healthy Families
202.639.4030; 800.620.7802; Dental, 866.758.6807

U.S. Department of Labor
Employee Benefits Security Administration

COBRA-District of Columbia
Insurance Bureau of the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB)

Medicaid Programs

DC Medicaid

State Medicaid Program for In-Home Care
Elderly and Disabled Waiver
Information Packet

State Children's Health Insurance Program
DC Healthy Families
202.639.4030; 800.620.7802; Dental, 866.758.6807

Personal Care

State Clinical Trials Law

DC ST § 31-2993.01

Who must cover the costs? Health insurance plans (not including Medicare and Medicaid)

What must be covered? routine patient care cost associated with clinical trials.

Qualifying Trials: To be an “approved clinical trial,” one of three options must be fulfilled; first, the trial must be fully funded or approved by one of the following: (1) NIH, (2) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (3) The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (4) The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, (5) A bonafide clinical trial cooperative group, including the National Cancer Institute Clinical Trials Cooperative Group, the National Cancer Institute Community Clinical Oncology Program, (6) The Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, or the Department of Energy or a qualified nongovernmental research entity to which the National Cancer Institute has awarded a support grant; second, the study or investigation can be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), including those conducted under an investigational new drug or device application reviewed by the FDA; or Third, the trial can be an investigation or study approved by an Institutional Review Board registered with the Department of Health and Human Services that is associated with an institution that has a federal-wide assurance approved by the Department of Health and Human Services specifying compliance with 45 C.F.R. Part 46.

(Last updated 8/2022)

Paid Family Sick Leave 

D.C.’s Universal Paid Leave went into effect July 1, 2020. For more information on DC Paid Family Leave click here.

  • Who’s eligible? Private sector employees covered by the D.C. Unemployment Compensation Act. Self-employed individuals may opt in to the program. Employees must spend more than 50% of work time in D.C. for a covered employer and must have been a covered employee for some or all of the 52 calendar weeks preceding the covered event.
  • Who can be cared for? Paid leave is available to care for a family member with a serious health condition or for the employee’s own serious health condition. “Family member” includes children, a parent, spouse, domestic partner, grandparent, or sibling.
  • How much time is given? Individuals can receive 6 weeks for your own serious health condition or a family member with a serious health condition. Individuals can take 8 weeks to bond with a new child and 2 weeks to receive prenatal care. Individuals may have more than one qualifying event, but cannot take more than 8 weeks in total.
  • How much is paid?  You may receive up to 90% of your weekly wages replaced, with a cap amount of $1,000 per week.
  • How do I apply? For more information on the application process, click here.
  • Employee Handbook DC Paid Family Leave

Paid Sick Leave 

The District of Columbia's Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act requires most employers in the District of Columbia to provide paid leave to employees for their own or family members' illnesses or medical appointments. An employee can begin using this leave no later than 90 days after they started their employment. Accrual for the hours available to this leave depends on the type of employer you have. This is enforced by the DC Department of Employment Services, Office of Wage and Hour.