Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut
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Health Care

Our goal needs to be making quality health care more accessible and more affordable for every American. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) 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 implementing the Affordable Care Act - with Connecticut being the first state to exceed the enrollment expectations set by the Congressional Budget Office.

Because of the Affordable Care Act, 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 now have new health insurance options and can shop for plans in our state’s health insurance marketplaceThe Open Enrollment period for 2015 coverage begins on November 15, 2014 and ends on February, 15 2015. You can compare plans and shop for coverage online at www.accesshealthct.com or call 1‐855‐805-HEALTH (4325) to speak with an AHCT representative. Learn more here.

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.

I am committed to the successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Whether you're seeking more information about the Affordable Care Act, comparing and shopping for new health care plans through Access Health CT, or have questions about your new coverage, my office is here to serve as a resource.

Please feel free to contact our office for assistance with any questions or problems you may have. Visit our health care reform resources page by clicking here

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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.

Dec 22, 2014 Press Release

NEW HAVEN, CT—Connecticut Representatives Rosa DeLauro and Elizabeth Esty today urged the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to consider purchasing 250,000 of the Flublok vaccine from Meriden’s Protein Sciences Corporation. Protein Sciences specializes in vaccine development and has also been working on an Ebola vaccine.

Dec 19, 2014 Press Release

Hartford, CT) – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), Jim Himes (D-Conn.) and Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) today called for increased consumer protections in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. In a letter to Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), they urged her to require MA plans fix their provider networks before next year’s annual open enrollment period.

Dec 15, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) applauded the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Dr. Vivek Murthy as the new Surgeon General. President Obama nominated Dr. Murthy on November 13, 2013, and the position of Surgeon General has been vacant since July 2014. Senate Republicans previously blocked Dr. Murthy’s nomination in part because of the National Rifle Association’s opposition to Dr. Murthy’s view of gun violence as a public health issue.

Dec 3, 2014 Page

 

(Released December 3, 2014)

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Nov 14, 2014 Press Release

NEW BRITAIN, CT – Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement on the launch of Access Health CT’s open enrollment for 2015, which begins tomorrow. Access Health CT, Connecticut’s health insurance marketplace, was established by the Affordable Care Act. Connecticut residents can shop for health insurance coverage for 2015 from November 15, 2014, to February 15, 2015.