Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut
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Seniors Issues

In Congress, I'm standing up for Social Security and Medicare, which are lifeline programs for thousands of Connecticut seniors. Congress has a responsibility to protect and strengthen Social Security, which folks have earned through hard work. I'm a co-author of the Social Security 2100 Act, which will rightfully increase benefits for current seniors and keep Social Security strong for our children and grandchildren. I also have stood up against Medicare cuts, including cuts to Medicare Part D, to ensure that seniors can continue to see the doctors they trust most.

For more information concerning my work and views on these issues, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.


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Apr 8, 2015 In The News

TORRINGTON >> Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty visited Torrington Tuesday morning to discuss a new bill designed to help people who receive Social Security benefits.

Esty made two stops during her trip in the city. Her first stop was at the Social Security Office at 147 Litchfield St. She made a point to thank the employees in the office for their work.

“You’ve been enormously responsive and helpful,” Esty said.

Apr 8, 2015 In The News

TORRINGTON — While the cost of a flat screen television or cellphone may have leveled off or even dropped in price in recent years, the cost of prescription medication and utilities have not.

However, senior citizens saw little to no cost of living increase in their Social Security check each year since 2010 following the economic downturn.

Mar 19, 2015 In The News

U.S. Reps. Elizabeth Esty and John Larson have introduced a bill they say will cut taxes for Social Security recipients, increase benefits for current and future beneficiaries, and keep the system strong for generations.

Esty, D-5th District, and Larson, D-1st District, have co-authored the Social Security 2100 Act, or H.R. 1391, which they say will reduced taxes for 10 million people.

Mar 18, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) joined Congressman John B. Larson (CT-1), a member of the U.S. House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Social Security, in introducing the Social Security 2100 Act, H.R. 1391. The bill would cut taxes for Social Security recipients, increase benefits for current and future beneficiaries, and keep the system strong for generations to come.

Feb 21, 2015 In The News

NEW BRITAIN — City seniors got a crash course in identity theft and fraud schemes Tuesday at the New Britain Senior Center. A workshop hosted by U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, identified theft and fraud schemes and gave those 20 retirees in attendance resources to protect themselves and their families.

Jul 29, 2014 Press Release

NEW BRITAIN, CT- Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) applauds a recent change to the Medicare Part D program that she advocated for after visiting a hospice patient in Waterbury.

In June, Rep. Esty visited the home of Bernice Johnson, a hospice patient with VITAS Innovative Hospice Care in Waterbury. During the visit, VITAS employees expressed their concerns with new Medicare Part D policy guidelines. The confusing change left many patients without the medications they so desperately needed during their end-of-life care.

Feb 25, 2014 Press Release

NEW BRITAIN, CT – This week, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) shared a “Constituent Corner” story from Thomas Campbell of Danbury. Mr. Campbell, a former Marine who was awarded a Purple Heart for his service, went months without receiving his Social Security benefits. Two months behind on his mortgage, Mr. Campbell faced pre-foreclosure on his home.

Feb 20, 2014 Press Release

NEW BRITAIN, CT – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) applauded President Obama’s decision to drop proposed cuts to Social Security from his upcoming budget proposal.

Nov 27, 2013 Press Release

(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.

Feb 7, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – The Connecticut House delegation today applauded the appointment of Judith Stein, founder and executive director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy in Willimantic, to the Bipartisan Long-Term Care Commission. Created earlier this year as part of the American Tax Relief Act, the commission is responsible for developing a plan to establish, implement, and finance a comprehensive set of long-term care services for seniors and people with disabilities. Last month, Reps.