Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut
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Health Care

I strongly support making quality health care more accessible and more affordable for every American. The Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect, but it is a significant step in the right direction. Many of its reforms are making a tremendous difference for people across Connecticut, and we can be proud that our state is leading the way in successfully and responsibly expanding access to health care. While I believe we can and should enact adjustments and improvements to the Affordable Care Act, repeal is not a solution. I’ve consistently opposed bills that would fully repeal the Affordable Care Act or block implementation of the law.

Because of the Affordable Care Act, over half a million Connecticut residents have enrolled for health insurance through our state's marketplace. Additionally, over 47,500 Connecticut residents have already received $3.4 billion in rebates from insurance companies due to the ACA requirement that insurance companies spend at least 80% of premiums each year on actual medical expenses for patients or provide a refund to beneficiaries.

Connecticut residents and businesses owners  can shop for plans in our state’s health insurance marketplace, Access Health CTThe Open Enrollment period for 2015 coverage ended on February 15, 2015, but some residents may be eligible to buy health insurance until April 30, 2015. You can compare plans and shop for coverage online at www.accesshealthct.com or call 1‐855‐805-HEALTH (4325) to speak with a representative. Learn more here.

For more information on my work and views on education or to let me know your thoughts, questions or concerns, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

 

More on Health Care

Apr 16, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, following the release of the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey results, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) called on Congress to pass her two bills, which will help curb the use of e-cigarettes among children and teens and protect them from liquid nicotine poisoning. Esty’s Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act, H.R. 478, would prohibit the advertising of e-cigarettes to children. Esty also introduced the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act, H.R.

Mar 26, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) voted for a bipartisan bill, H.R. 2, to fix the broken Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula for Medicare reimbursement rates and avoid an impending 21% cut to physicians. H.R. 2 passed by a vote of 392 to 37.

Mar 16, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, to kick off National Poison Prevention Week, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) introduced the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act. Esty’s bill would require child safety packaging for all liquid nicotine containers, which are used to refill e-cigarettes.

Feb 3, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) voted against H.R. 596, a bill to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act. The vote comes just weeks before the February 15 deadline to enroll for coverage in 2015.

Jan 27, 2015 In The News

Armed with the knowledge that electronic cigarettes that taste like gummy bears appeal to kids -- not adults trying to stop smoking -- a trio of federal lawmakers sought advice from Connecticut teens Monday on how to stamp out what they perceive as a growing health threat.

"I am working with my colleagues in Congress to introduce legislation that will protect our children from this growing health scourge." U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said Monday.

It is not the first time.

Jan 26, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Representatives Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), Diana DeGette (CO-1), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Raul Ruiz (CA-36), and Cheri Bustos (IL-17) introduced the Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act, H.R. 478, which would prohibit advertising and marketing of e-cigarettes to children.

Jan 22, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, on the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) voted against the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, H.R. 7. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill by a vote of 242 to 179.

Jan 13, 2015 In The News

Washington – Who says there's gridlock?

The U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously Monday, 401-0, to amend the Affordable Care Act so it’s clear volunteer firefighters don’t count as full-time employees under the health care law.

Jan 12, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Tonight, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) applauded the passage of a military and veterans suicide prevention bill she co-authored, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act (SAV), H.R. 203. The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a unanimous vote of 403 to 0.