LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — On Tuesday, D.C. had “one of the most successful launches in the nation” for its health benefits exchange.

That’s according to District Mayor Vincent Gray.

“On the first day of operation alone, more than 4,000 District residents and small business owners went to to create an account and begin shopping for quality, affordable health insurance,” he said in his weekly radio address on All News 99.1.

He noted that more than 30 insurance plans are available for individuals and families, while small business owners have 267 to chose from.

Gray also said prices for the coverage “are very competitive.”

For example, a 25-year-old single person making $25,000 annually can get a plan for $163 per month after federal tax credits, according to the site’s calculator. The tool only requires those seeking coverage to enter the ages of all household members and the annual household income. It then generates a list of plans and prices.

But you don’t have to do it all on your own if you don’t want to, Gray says.

“DC Health Link is managed by our D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority, which is holding free learning sessions throughout the District of Columbia in the coming weeks to provide tutorials on how to apply for coverage.”

Residents have until Dec. 15 to sign up and pay for coverage that will begin on Jan. 1.

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