Open Enrollment for Plan Year 2021 DC Health Link’s open enrollment begins November 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021. DC Health Link is an online marketplace created for individuals, families, and small business owners in the District of Columbia to shop, compare, and select health insurance that meets their health needs and budgets. For more information, visit dchealthlink.com or call (855) 532-5465.
This page contains approved health plan rate information for the District of Columbia’s health insurance marketplace, DC Health Link, for plan year 2021.
The District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) received 188 proposed health insurance plan rates for review from Aetna, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Kaiser Permanente and United Healthcare in advance of open enrollment for plan year 2021 on DC Health Link, the District of Columbia’s health insurance marketplace.
The average increase in 2021 premiums across all health insurers is 0.2 percent for individuals and an overall decrease of 0.5 percent for small group coverage. This will save District residents over $17 million.
Aetna, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Kaiser Permanente and UnitedHealthcare—the same four major insurance companies as last year—will have plans on DC Health Link. CareFirst and Kaiser Permanente plans cover individuals, families and small businesses for the 2021 plan year. Aetna and UnitedHealthcare plans are only available in the small business market. Overall, 188 plans were filed, up from 181 last year. Small group plans increased by seven to 163, and individual plans stay the same at 25.
View the approved health insurance rate filings here.
For additional information on the District's Health Rate Review Process, visit here.
The links below include tables of approved and proposed rates for individual and small business plans to be offered on DC Health Link in 2021. The tables show low, high and average premiums by company, product type and metal level for ages 27, 40 and 55.
Use the link below to compare rates for individual plans to be sold on DC Health Link in 2021.
Small Business (SHOP) Rates
Use the link below to compare proposed rates for SHOP plans to be sold on DC Health Link in 2021.
Comparison of Year-over-Year Rate Changes
Use this link for a comparison of year-over-year rate increases for those plans offered in 2020 and 2021. The tables are broken down by carrier, product type and metal level.
- 2021 Comparison of Year-over-Year Rate Changes—Approved
- 2021 Comparison of Year-over-Year Rate Changes—Proposed
Sample 2020 Approved Premiums
Use the link below to compare premiums for the plans that are included in DC Health Link for both 2020 and 2021. In 2021, individual plans stay at 25. Small group plans increased by seven to 188. These comparisons look at the average difference in premiums for plans offered in both 2020 and 2021 under various scenarios, for both individuals and small groups, by carrier and metal tier level.
Carrier Plan Counts
Use this link to review changes to plans offered from 2020 to 2021.
Related Press Releases, Notices and Hearings
- September 1, 2020: DISB Virtual Public Hearing—2021 Proposed Health Insurance Rates
- August 6, 2020: Notice of Public Hearing—2021 Proposed Health Insurance Rates
- May 20, 2020: Press Release—Insurers File Proposed Rates for 2021 District of Columbia Health Plan Offerings