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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

April 21, 2017 Press Release

(Hartford, CT) – The Connecticut Congressional Delegation today announced a $5.5 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support Connecticut efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. The funding is the first of two rounds from the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama in December. The law included emergency federal funding to fight opioid addiction, as well as significant reforms to the mental health system and funding for medical research on cancer and other diseases. 

April 17, 2017 In The News

SOUTHINGTON — Members of the state’s congressional delegation told a crowd of health sector leaders Wednesday that they are hoping to work with Republicans to revise the Affordable Care Act.

Sen. Chris Murphy, Rep. Elizabeth Esty and Rep. John Larson, all Democrats, discussed the politics of health care in Washington at the Connecticut Health Council assembly Wednesday at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville.

April 12, 2017 In The News

SOUTHINGTON - Democratic legislators U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy and U.S. Rep. John Larson spoke Wednesday at the Connecticut Health Council at the Aqua Turf Club to express their woes with the health care battle in Washington, D.C. and urge local health care representatives to fight for the Affordable Care Act.

April 12, 2017 In The News

Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy was among the Congressional Democrats to meet with the state’s Health Council in an uncertain time for healthcare.

Murphy and House Democrats Elizabeth Esty and John Larson took part in the panel at the Connecticut Health Council focused on federal health care issues, and how any changes to the Affordable Care Act would affect state residents.  

April 12, 2017 In The News

A House bill that would have replaced Obamacare bitterly divided the Republican caucus and inspired thousands of angry calls from constituents. But Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., told a health care industry audience Wednesday that repeal-and-replace isn't dead yet.

"It remains a political imperative," he said, because core Republican voters hate the law. Rep. John Larson, D-1st District, said the law's passage led to a Republican majority in the House in 2010, because Republican voters were so mobilized against it.

April 10, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5, visited Thomaston Monday to speak with members of the local business community on federal tax reform being considered by Congress.

Esty discussed a number of proposals that had been put forward for deliberation, including increasing the threshold for the standard deduction — which would likely spur more people to forgo filing an itemized deduction; potentially repealing or changing the estate tax, and a border-adjustment tax.

Thomaston First Selectman Edward Mone said he wants to preserve deductions for property taxes.

April 3, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) led a bipartisan group of 124 representatives urging House leaders not to cut federal funding to veteran suicide prevention and outreach programs.

In a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, the representatives requested $173 million in funding in FY 2018 funding to address the veteran suicide crisis, the same as the FY 2017 funding level.

March 30, 2017 Press Release
Reps. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) and Ryan Costello (R-PA) today introduced legislation to expand the current VA Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers to veterans of all service eras.
March 29, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today issued the following statement after the launch of President Trump’s commission to combat the opioid addiction epidemic.
March 27, 2017 In The News

Some of the most pressing issues facing the country were discussed during a town hall meeting U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty hosted at Goshen Town Hall on Saturday.

The Goshen Public Library organized the meeting, which drew the likes of First Selectman Robert P. Valentine, library director Lynn Steinmayer, library board of directors Chairman Patrick Reilly, Amy Tobin of the Goshen Business Circle, and Janet Hooper of the Goshen Community Garden.