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, 2013, with coverage beginning on January 1, 2014.
Our goal needs to be 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.
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.
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 ACA. My office is here to serve as a resource for you, to provide information as you enroll in Connecticut’s health insurance marketplace. Below you will find links to helpful information about Connecticut’s Health Insurance Marketplace as well as the Affordable Care Act.
Connecticut’s Health Insurance Marketplace
Access Health CT
Connecticut’s Health Insurance Marketplace. Enrollment begins October 1, 2013.
Upcoming Access Health CT Events
Learn about and RSVP for upcoming Access Health CT events. Talk with the experts and get answers to your questions about our state’s health insurance marketplace.
Acesss Health Call Centers
Call centers are now open to answer any questions you have about the Connecticut MarketplaceCall centers are now open to answer any questions you have about the Connecticut MarketplaceConsumers can speak with a call center representative by dialing 1-855-805-HEALTH (4325) between the hours of 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM Monday through Friday and on Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Affordable Care Act
How is Connecticut Benefiting from Health Care Reform
Learn how the Affordable Care Act is making a difference for folks here in Connecticut.
Key Features of the Affordable Care Act
Learn when key reforms of the Affordable Care Act have been and will be implemented.
Interactive Map of the Uninsured in Connecticut
Enroll America has developed an interactive map of each state in the United States, providing detailed information on the number of uninsured.
Your Responsibilities Under the Affordable Care Act
Beginning on January 1, 2014, most individuals will be required to have health insurance coverage or pay a penalty. This Kaiser Family Foundation flow-chart illustrates how the requirement for many individuals to have health insurance, known as the individual mandate, works.
More Information on the Affordable Care Act for Small Businesses
Information from the U.S. Small Business Administration
Information from the Small Business Administration on which provisions of the Affordable Care Act may impact your business.
Small Business Webinars on the Affordable Care Act
The U.S. Small Business Administration is holding weekly webinars for small business owners on what the Affordable Care Act means for your company and employees. Here you can find a webinar schedule and sign-up.
Information from the U.S. Department of Labor
This hyperlink will direct you to the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration webpage which has helpful resources for employees and business owners.
IRS Health Care Law Resources
Information from the IRS on health care law benefits and responsibilities.
More on Health Care
When freshman U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5, reflects on the nearly one year she’s spent in Congress, she largely speaks in neat anecdotes about specific people she’s met along the way — including constituents and colleagues.
“I love this job,” she said, answering questions from the editorial board of the Register Citizen.
NEW HAVEN, CT—Four members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation—Rosa DeLauro, Joe Courtney, Jim Himes and Elizabeth Esty—released the following statement today on Judge Stefan Underhill’s decision to temporarily stop UnitedHealthcare from dropping 2,200 doctors from its Medicare Advantage network.
(Hartford, CT) – In a letter to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Connecticut Congressional Delegation today urged the agency to be more flexible with enrollment periods and strengthen standards for Medicare Advantage plans for UnitedHealth Group enrollees.
TORRINGTON - Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, D- 5, led a panel workshop on Monday evening at City Hall regarding health care options available for small businesses under the Affordable Care Act.
The workshop was completed with the help of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce and was meant to address questions or concerns local small business owners may have about the Affordable Health Care options. Five panelists including Esty took turns addressing each of their respective fields of expertise and agencies. About 20 people attended the workshop.
U.S. Rep Elizabeth Esty, who helped the network secure the federal grant, said training a new generation in primary care and preventive medicine is a necessary part of the health-care reform that includes the Affordable Care Act.
Esty said currently 75 percent of U.S. health care expenditures are for people with two or more chronic diseases.
"If we got a handle on them, we'd get our health care costs down," she said.
DANBURY, CT – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Danbury Hospital a $1,548,197 federal grant for the inauguration of its new Preventive Medicine and Public Health Residency Training Program. The Preventive Medicine and Public Health Training Grant Program is provided through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to increase the number of preventive medicine physicians and promote greater access to preventive medicine.
WASHINGTON, DC--Today, enrollees in UnitedHealth Group’s Medicare Advantage plan will begin to receive letters indicating that their doctors and other health providers are being dropped from the UnitedHealth Group Medicare Advantage network. These letters will complete the Medicare notification requirements and give enrollees little time to evaluate their health care options. Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement on the decision:
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty released the following statement on her vote in favor of H.R. 3350, the Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013, a bill that would adjust the Affordable Care Act to address the problem of consumers who have faced cancellation notices from their insurance companies by allowing insurers to provide those plans into 2014. Esty has consistently opposed legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) spoke on a motion that would allow a floor vote on H.R. 3383, the Caregivers Expansion and Improvement Act of 2013, a bill to expand support for family caregivers of veterans. H.R. 3833, which Esty introduced, would extend eligibility for participation in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers to all veterans with a serious service-connected disability.