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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


Health Care

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 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

March 24, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement after a vote on the GOP health care bill was canceled:
March 23, 2017 In The News

Lawmakers in Connecticut are responding to the showdown over healthcare in Washington.

President Donald Trump is pushing his plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, but democrats and many republicans don’t like it.

A vote in the House of Representatives was postponed.

In Connecticut, more than 100,000 are covered by the Affordable Care Act.

March 23, 2017 In The News

Connecticut’s Democratic congressional delegation breathed a sigh of relief Thursday as a vote on a replacement health care plan for Obamacare was delayed, and begged their GOP counterparts to abandon it altogether.

“We can all agree the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare’s formal name) is not perfect,’’ Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., said in a conference call. “But this bill is ‘pay more and get less.’ ”

March 23, 2017 In The News

Washington –  President Donald Trump and House Republicans are making both threats and promises to try to salvage the GOP health care bill – but the deal-making is all on the Republican side of the aisle, with Connecticut’s all-Democratic congressional delegation sitting on the sidelines.

“This is horse-trading right now,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District. “They are going back and forth until they can get the votes.”

March 23, 2017 In The News

HARTFORD – Democratic and Republican leaders in Connecticut appealed separately to President Donald Trump and Congress on Thursday to slow the GOP rush to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The dueling letters from the General Assembly’s leadership teams were released hours before Republican leaders of the U.S. House delayed a scheduled vote Thursday on the bill to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s landmark health law.

March 16, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today led the floor opposition to H.R. 1181, the Veteran 2nd Amendment Protection Act.
March 14, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON — Connecticut Democratic lawmakers were playing their “I-told-you-so’’ cards Tuesday in the wake of a Congressional Budget Office report predicting fewer people would be covered by health insurance under the GOP replacement plan when compared to Obamacare.

March 13, 2017 In The News

Washington – As soon as the Congressional Budget Office released its long-awaited report Monday afternoon on the impact of the GOP’s American Health Care Act, Connecticut Democrats joined party colleagues in saying the analysis proved the health plan should be scrapped.

The CBO estimated the American Health Care Act would result in 24 million Americans losing their health insurance, but would lower the budget deficit by $337 billion over 10 years, largely as a result of reduced federal payments to Medicaid, the joint federal-state health program for the poor.

March 13, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today issued the following statement regarding the Congressional Budget Office’s report on the GOP health care bill:
March 12, 2017 In The News

Still reverberating from President Donald Trump’s unsupported claim that he was wire-tapped by Barack Obama during the 2016 election campaign, the nation began the week examining the potential impact of two major Republican initiatives.