Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Stay up to date about COVID-19 and AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia’s (DC) response to the pandemic.
D.C. government vaccination plan
- Learn more about the vaccines currently authorized for emergency use
- D.C. residents ages 6 months and older can now go to walk-up sites to get their first COVID-19 vaccine shot. You don't need an appointment! View site locations, hours and other important information. You can get a ride by calling us at 1-800-315-3485.
- Can’t leave your home? Call 1-855-363-0333 and they will come to you.
COVID-19 information and resources
Free at-home test kits
Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order four free COVID-19 tests. Visit https://www.covidtests.gov/ to place your order.
National health notices
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
D.C. government and community notices
The District of Columbia’s COVID-19 Hotline can assist residents with finding food and other essential resources. Call the District hotline at 1-888-349-8323, Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., or visit coronavirus.dc.gov at any time to request help. To find out if you qualify for services through the District’s COVID-19 Support Hub, go to gethelp.dc.gov.
*Standard data and messaging fees may apply.
- D.C. mayor’s office COVID-19 information website
- D.C. COVID-19 Hotline: 1-888-349-8323
- D.C.'s Support Hub
- Learn how to protect yourself
- Kids and school resources
- Translated resources
- Sign up for alerts directly from the city
COVID-19 community resources
Visit the Aunt Bertha website, type in your ZIP code, and then type COVID-19 in the search field. You can find information on housing, food, clothing, and much more.
Behavioral health resources (no cost to AmeriHealth Caritas DC enrollees)
If you and your family are experiencing stress or anxiety and would like to talk to someone, please call any of the numbers below for assistance. You can also call AmeriHealth Caritas DC Enrollee Services at 202-408-4720 or toll free at 1-800-408-7511. Our Enrollee Services representatives can help you find a behavioral health provider (counselor, therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist). Many of these providers offer services over the telephone.
No-cost behavioral health resources
- 24-hour D.C. Department of Behavioral Health Access HelpLine: 1-888-796-4357
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990, or text TALKWITHUS to 66746
- The National Alliance on Mental Illness hosts online communities for people to share issues and obtain support:
- Call 1-800-950-NAMI
- Find help in a crisis: Visit the website or text "NAMI" TO 741741
- The D.C. chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Mobile crisis services are available from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. every day and can be activated by calling 202-673-9300
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Other important information
- AmeriHealth Caritas DC does not plan to host or participate in any in-person or face-to-face community events or activities for April or May 2020. This page will be updated if our plans regarding these activities are updated based upon guidance from the D.C. mayor’s office and DC Health.
- The AmeriHealth Caritas DC enrollee wellness center is closed. All fitness classes, health education classes, enrollee events, and other planned individual and group activities at the enrollee wellness center are canceled for April and May 2020. This page will be updated if our plans regarding these activities are updated based upon guidance from the D.C. mayor’s office and DC Health.
- Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking’s response to COVID-19 (PDF)
You could be eligible for rental assistance!
- Any District resident who is struggling to pay their rent or utility bills should visit the website or call the number below.
- Visit: https://stay.dc.gov/
- Call: 833-4-STAYDC or (833-478-2932) This line is open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Check your eligibility
- See attachments to Stay-DC-Renter Eligibility Checklist (English) (PDF).
- See attachments to Stay-DC-Renter Eligibility Checklist (Spanish) (PDF).
- See attachments to Stay-DC-Renter Eligibility Checklist (Amharic) (PDF).
- If eligible, the District will:
- Pay unpaid rent going back to April 1, 2020
- Pay forward rent, up to three months at a time
- Pay for water, gas, and electricity expenses on your behalf
- Provide extended housing support for up to 18 months, per tenant