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 CT. The 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.
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Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement regarding the Congressional Budget Office’s report on the House-passed version of the American Health Care Act:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal:
“Our goal should be a budget that expands economic opportunity in Connecticut and across the country, lifts wages, promotes access to health care, protects our air and water, supports children and seniors, and makes us safer. On these counts, President Trump’s proposal moves us in the wrong direction. Congress should start over from scratch on a bipartisan plan.”
SHARON – It was no surprise that part of the discussion during U.S. Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty’s visit to Sharon Hospital on Wednesday focused on the Affordable Care Act.
Esty, a Democrat from Cheshire who represents the 5th District, met with CEO Peter Cordeau, CFO Christian Bergeron, chief of nursing Lori Puff and other staff members as part of her daylong tour of the Northwest Corner. She also stopped at Geer Village in Canaan and walked a section of the Appalachian Trail in Falls Village.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement after the House passed legislation that will cause millions of Americans to lose access to affordable health coverage: