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District of Columbia Resources

This page has information specific to this state, 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
800.772.1213
www.ssa.gov

Employment

Federal Fair Employment Agency
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
800.669.4000
info@eeoc.gov
www.eeoc.gov

Reasonable Accommodations
Job Accommodation Network
800.526.7234
jan@AskJAN.org
www.AskJAN.org

Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
U.S. Department of Labor
Wage & Hour Division
866.487.9243
www.dol.gov/whd

Paid Family Leave
Department of Employment Services
202.724.7000
https://does.dc.gov/page/district-columbia-paid-family-leave

Unemployment Agency
DC Department of Employment Services Unemployment Compensation Program
202.724.7000
www.does.dc.gov/service/unemployment-compensation-process

Vocational Rehabilitation
District of Columbia Department on Disability Services
202.730.1700
www.dds.dc.gov

Health Insurance

District of Columbia Health Insurance Marketplace (a.k.a Exchange)
DC Health Link
855.532.5465
www.dchealthlink.com/

Health Insurance Consumer Assistance Program
District of Columbia Office of the Health Care Ombudsman and Bill of Rights
202.724.7491
www.healthcareombudsman.dc.gov/

District of Columbia Department of Insurance
202.724.8000
www.disb.dc.gov/page/insurance

COBRA
U.S. Department of Labor
Employee Benefits Security Administration
866.444.3272
www.dol.gov/ebsa

COBRA-District of Columbia
District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking
202.272.8000
www.disb.dc.gov/page/insurance

State Children's Health Insurance Program
DC Healthy Families
202.442.5988
www.dhcf.dc.gov/service/dc-healthy-families

Medicaid Programs

DC Medicaid
855.532.5465
www.dchealthlink.com/individuals/medicaid

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

Personal Care

Medicare

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
800.MEDICARE
www.medicare.gov

Medicare & You

State Clinical Trials Law

The ACA requires that most, non-grandfathered, group health plans provide coverage for the routine costs when participating in clinical trials. Some states have more consumer protections. Click here for more information about clinical trials.

DC ST § 31-2993.01 Health insurance plans (not including Medicare and Medicaid) must pay for routine patient care cost associated with clinical 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, theDepartment 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. (Current as of 5/27/2011)

http://www.openlims.org/public/L17-166.pdf

Paid Family Sick Leave 

D.C.’s Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 goes into effect in July 2020. Info at https://does.dc.gov/page/dc-paid-family-leave ; https://dcpaidfamilyleave.dc.gov

  • 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 family care and 2 weeks for their own health condition. An individual cannot take more than 8 weeks in total.*
  • How much is paid? Benefits are calculated based on a worker’s average weekly wage rate, with a maximum payment of $1,000/week.
  • How do I apply? Available July 2020.