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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

June 26, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement regarding the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the Senate GOP proposal to pay for millions of dollars in tax cuts for the wealthy by depriving 22 million American of health coverage:
June 22, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today issued the following statement regarding the release of the Senate GOP’s health care bill:
June 13, 2017 In The News
Local legal and medical authorities are coming together to tackle the opioid crisis in Connecticut.
June 12, 2017 Press Release
Governor Dannel P. Malloy and the members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation today announced that the state is receiving a $3.1 million federal grant to expand efforts combatting the prescription opioid crisis, particularly helping to provide youth and their families access to long-term substance use treatment that focuses on recovery.
June 1, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement after President Donald Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord:
June 1, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representatives John Larson (CT-1), Joe Courtney (CT-2), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Jim Himes (CT-4), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) encouraged Connecticut communities and healthcare providers on Thursday to apply for assistance through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s new grant programs to prevent opioid overdoses and provide opioid abuse treatment. The delegation highlighted nearly $43 million in federal assistance that could help enhance treatment and prevention throughout Connecticut.
May 24, 2017 Press Release

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:

May 23, 2017 Press Release

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.”

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May 12, 2017 In The News

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.

May 4, 2017 Press Release

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: