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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut

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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 2017 coverage ends on January 31, 2017. You may 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

September 21, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) and Congressman John Katko (NY-24) introduced two bipartisan bills in the U.S. House of Representatives to combat human trafficking. Both bills were recently introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Thune (R-SD) and Klobuchar (D-MN), and have passed out of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

August 23, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump today signed into law the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act, a bill authored jointly by Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) and Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL).

The legislation modernizes the appeals process at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to cut down on the claims backlog and reduce delays. Under the current system, veterans must often wait five years or longer for their appeals to be resolved. The Esty-Bost legislation marks the first significant update to the VA appeals process in 30 years.

August 7, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) on Saturday was interviewed by MSNBC’s Richard Lui about the House Problem Solvers Caucus and a slate of bipartisan proposals to improve the Affordable Care Act that the Caucus has put forward.
August 1, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) last night appeared on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, which was guest-hosted by Joy Reid, to discuss a slate of bipartisan proposals to improve the Affordable Care Act put forward yesterday by the Problem Solvers Caucus.
July 28, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement:

July 18, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement:

“The GOP health care bill failed for a simple reason: it would have hurt millions of Americans, and the American people knew it. But I didn't run for Congress to sit back and cheer when things fail. I ran for Congress to get things done. There are real problems in our health care system that we need to fix. Let's work together on ways to lower premiums and deductibles, reduce drug costs, and expand access to quality care. The time is now for bipartisan action.

July 14, 2017 Press Release
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today voted in favor of H.R. 2810, the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 344-81.
 
July 10, 2017 In The News
Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty, D-5th District, toured the city’s Planned Parenthood clinic Monday and met with some of its leaders to discuss the impacts of health care proposals now being considered in Congress.
July 10, 2017 In The News
Planned Parenthood clinics provide a range of health care services for men and women across Litchfield County and the country as a whole, a significant majority of which are not related to abortion, according to a published report from National Public Radio.
July 5, 2017 Constituent Corner
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) this week shared a “Constituent Corner” story from Waterbury resident Sharon Severini, who reached out to Esty after experiencing issues with Medicaid reimbursement.