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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

August 15, 2018 Press Release
Today, during National Health Center week, the Connecticut Congressional Delegation applauded $2,387,361 in Quality Improvement grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to 16 community health centers across Connecticut.
July 31, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) sent a letter to Mick Mulvaney, the Director of the Office of Management and Policy, to express their concerns regarding the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) proposal to transfer and reorganize the oversight of non-commodity nutrition programs including the Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and the Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
June 29, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) praised the House passage of H.R. 6157, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The bill, which cleared the House by a vote of 359-49, included language to increase funding for research on toxic exposure to burn pits. Earlier this Congress, Esty, Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA), and Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) introduced H.R. 1279, the Helping Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act, which would create a center of excellence within the Department of Veterans Affairs in the prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and rehabilitation of health conditions related to exposure to burn pits.
June 27, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) celebrated the passage of H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017. Earlier this week, the bill passed the House by a vote of 382-0 and now heads to the Senate for consideration. Esty, who serves on the Committee of Veterans Affairs and is the Ranking Member on the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs subcommittee, is also a cosponsor of the legislation.
June 19, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement praising the passage of S. 2372, the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (or MISSION) Act, which was signed into law on June 6, 2018. The VA MISSION Act contains provisions of Esty’s CARE for All Veterans Act.
June 13, 2018 Press Release
Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), a member of the bipartisan Opioid Task Force in the House, introduced legislation aimed at providing funding to medical examiners and forensic labs that are struggling to keep up with the mounting death toll resulting from the opioid epidemic currently plaguing communities across the country. Esty’s bill is the House companions to Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s (D-NH) bill in the Senate. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that more than 60,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year.
June 8, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted last night to pass her amendment to the Mini-Bus, which would allocate an additional $500,000 in funding and resources to the Office of Employee Assistance (OEA). OEA is primarily responsible for assisting employees whose job performance may be negatively affected by personal and professional problems. The amendment passed by voice vote. 

June 1, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), a member of the bipartisan Opioid Task Force in the House, introduced legislation to address concerns about the rising use of opioid drugs among student athletes. Esty’s bill is the House companions to Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s (D-NH) bill in the Senate.

May 18, 2018 Press Release
This afternoon, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement after voting in opposition to the 2018 Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARM) Act. The bill, would cut $23 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over the next ten years. It is estimated that one million households will be kicked off the program, with millions more who will have their benefits reduced. Additionally, 265,000 kids will be removed from receiving free school meals.
May 16, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.–This afternoon, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) spoke on the House floor to express her support for the VA MISSION Act of 2018, which was passed by a vote 347-70. The bill includes language from Esty’s bipartisan legislation, H.R. 1802 the CARE for All Veterans Act. Esty, along with Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA) introduced this legislation in March 2017.