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Thousands Visit D.C. Health Insurance Exchange, But Few Have Purchased Plans

The District's health insurance exchange website has drawn thousands of visitors since launching on Oct. 1, though few residents have purchased insurance plans so far.

As of Monday, 12,294 people created accounts on D.C. Health Link, the website created as part of President Obama's Affordable Care Act, according to the D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority.

But of those accounts created, only 1,894 applications have been fully submitted, 321 individuals and families have chosen plans, and 164 have requested an invoice for their first month's premium. Thirty-four plans are available for individuals and families to choose from.

According to the authority, 426 small businesses also created accounts.

Uninsured D.C. residents have until Dec. 15 to choose and pay for a plan, ahead of the Jan. 1 deadline for the law's mandate that all Americans have health insurance. According to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 11 percent of D.C. residents are uninsured, one of the lowest rates in the country.

Fourteen states, including D.C., are running their own health insurances exchanges, while the remaining 36 are relying on a troubled website set up by the federal government.

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'Southside With You' Has Us Asking: Where Is The Love In Black Movies?

The movie Southside with You is opening in theaters. The film follows Michelle and Barack Obama's very first date, and shows something we don't get too see too often in film: black romance.
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Ramen Noodles Are Now The Prison Currency Of Choice

Ramen will buy anything from smuggled fruit to laundry services from fellow inmates, a study at one prison finds. It's not just that ramen is tasty: Prisoners say they're not getting enough food.
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Episode 721: Unbuilding A City

Why is it so hard to knock down 17 vacant houses in a shrinking city?
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Want To Play Video Games Made In D.C.? Here's Your Chance.

An event called District Arcade brings together 23 locally made video games.

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