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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

November 15, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) joined her colleagues from New England’s House delegation to receive an update on efforts to combat the opioid crisis ravaging the region and the nation. The meeting comes close to a month after the administration formally declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency.
November 9, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) and Rep. Rick Allen (GA-12) introduced H. Res. 610, a bipartisan resolution to establish November 9, 2017 as National Diabetes Heart Health Awareness Day. According to the resolution, the intent of the day is to “raise public awareness about the specific risks of heart disease for people with diabetes and help to ensure people at risk receive a timely diagnosis and proper treatment.” Close to 30 million Americans have diabetes, including an estimated 8 million Americans who have not been diagnosed. Over two-thirds of people age 65 or older with diabetes die from some form of heart disease.
October 24, 2017 Press Release
At a hearing of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs with Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin this morning, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) called for a greater bipartisan focus on the issue of military suicide prevention.
October 18, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) issued the following statement in response to reports that Sen. Patty Murray (WA) and Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN) have reached tentative agreement on a bipartisan compromise to preserve vital cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies that underpin the Affordable Care Act’s ability to provide affordable health care for all Americans: 

October 16, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) called on President Donald Trump to withdraw the nomination of Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10) to head the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) following reports of the lawmaker’s previous efforts to hamper the DEA’s efforts to combat opioid abuse. 

October 11, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) called on her colleagues to take bipartisan action to address the opioid crisis ravaging communities in Connecticut and throughout the country at a hearing on the topic held by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday morning.

October 11, 2017 Press Release
On Saturday, October 14, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) will hold a town hall meeting at Pulaski Middle School in New Britain
September 29, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today issued the following statement as Congress approaches the September 30 deadline to reauthorize funding for several major federal programs:
September 27, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) joined her colleagues on the House Problem Solvers Caucus in sending a letter to Democratic and Republican Party leaders regarding the future of federal health care policies and initiatives.
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.