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 new health insurance marketplace until March 31, 2014. Consumers 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.

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

More on Health Care

Apr 18, 2014
In The News

Register-Citizen

By Lindsay Boyle

WATERBURY - Gathered in a circle at City Hall Thursday morning, 11 mental health, medical and law enforcement professionals from around the state shared ideas about how to combat Connecticut’s growing heroin problem as U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5, moderated.

Apr 18, 2014
In The News

Republican American

By Laraine Weschler

Apr 8, 2014
Press Release

NEW BRITAIN, CT – Today, U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) kicked off “National Public Health Week” and held a press conference on efforts to curb e-cigarette use by children and adolescents. The Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act, which Esty introduced in the U.S. House, would prohibit advertising and marketing of e-cigarettes to children.

Apr 1, 2014
Press Release

NEW BRITAIN, CT – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement on the announcement that at the end of the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period, almost 200,000 Connecticut residents have completed applications for private health insurance or Medicaid through Connecticut’s state health insurance marketplace, Access Health CT.

Mar 27, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today, U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty introduced the Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act to prohibit the advertising of e-cigarettes to children.

Mar 4, 2014
Press Release

NEW BRITAIN, CT – This week, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) shared a “Constituent Corner” story from Adrien Lagassie of New Britain. Mr. Lagassie, a former small business owner, could not afford health insurance, even when his business was thriving. When he reached out to Rep. Esty, her staff connected him with new options under the Affordable Care Act and helped him enroll. For the first time in 12 years, Mr. Lagassie has health insurance.

Feb 20, 2014
In The News

The Obamacare voting record of Connecticut 5th District Rep. Elizabeth Esty indicates that the freshman congresswoman is objectively conscious of the law’s complexities, and strategically cautious regarding the broader political landscape.

Feb 10, 2014
Press Release

NEW BRITAIN, CT – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement regarding this morning’s announcement that 121,983 Connecticut residents have enrolled in private health insurance or Medicaid through Connecticut’s state health insurance marketplace, Access Health CT.

Feb 5, 2014
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There have been a lot of concerns about a report by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released on February 4, 2014, about the Affordable Care Act. Some say the report means that the Affordable Care Act will lead to 2.3 million fewer jobs by 2021.
 
Here are the facts: