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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

March 13, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Reps. Elizabeth Esty, D-Connecticut, Fred Upton, R-Michigan; John Faso, R-New York; and Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan today led a bipartisan letter, signed by 28 Members of Congress, to leaders of the House Appropriations Committee pushing for more funding and resources to address mental health issues.
February 6, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) released the following statement on the fifth Congressional short-term funding bill since September of 2017, a measure she will oppose:
February 6, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) called for the establishment of a $25 billion federal opioid epidemic response fund this morning, as advocates for addiction treatment continue to call for the expansion of federal resources to combat the rising number of opioid-related deaths around the country. Despite the Trump Administration’s announcement declaring the opioid crisis a national public health emergency in late October, no new federal resources have been earmarked for the crisis and key positions – including the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration – remain unfilled.
January 31, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) released the following statement after President Trump’s State of the Union address this evening
January 19, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement today following the Trump Administration’s announcement that it will now allow states to block women’s healthcare providers from receiving Medicaid funding.
January 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) released the following statement announcing her opposition to the fourth short-term government spending measure under consideration in Congress since September:

December 19, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement after the House’s passage of a partisan tax giveaway to big corporations and the wealthy paid for by adding to the debt for future generations of Americans:
December 8, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), a member of the bipartisan Opioid Task Force in the House, introduced bipartisan legislation with Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) to allow student loan borrowers enrolled in a state-approved substance abuse treatment program to defer payment on public student loans while actively receiving treatment without interest accruing during the deferment period.

December 8, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), a member of the bipartisan Opioid Task Force in the House, introduced bipartisan legislation with Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) to allow student loan borrowers enrolled in a state-approved substance abuse treatment program to defer payment on public student loans while actively receiving treatment without interest accruing during the deferment period.
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.