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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

January 23, 2017 In The News

Senator Richard Blumenthal, 4th District Congressman Jim Himes and 5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty participated in the Women's March on Washington Saturday.  Senator Chris Murphy opened his home to marchers.  There were several buses that left from Connecticut to Washington, D.C. and to a sister event in New York City.  Esty says she stood strong with people who are concerned that their rights not be taken away and that progress toward greater equality is made.  She said it was also important to show support for the same access to health care that everyone has.

January 21, 2017 In The News

On the emotionally-charged day when Donald Trump became President of the United States, politicians expressed both joy and disappointment in his first remarks as the leader of the free world.

Trump's speech and inauguration brought elation to his supporters who had backed him in a tough race against Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton.

On both sides of the aisle, political insiders worked for months or even more than a year to get Trump elected, while Democrats worked equally hard to defeat him - leading to sharply different views of the inauguration.

January 20, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement after Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.
January 15, 2017 In The News
In the shade of the Capitol building, people gathered with signs protesting the possible repeal of the act that has given 20 million Americans access to health insurance.
January 13, 2017 Press Release

To view video of Esty speaking against repeal of the Affordable Care Act, visit

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement after the House voted to enact the Republican budget resolution that sets the stage for repealing the Affordable Care Act:

January 12, 2017 In The News
In today’s Congressional Corner, she speaks with Alan Chartock about President-Elect Donald Trump’s proposed cabinet appointments and President Barack Obama’s legacy
January 11, 2017 In The News
U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty, D-CT5, is hopeful that this week’s efforts by Congressional Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act will be delayed
January 11, 2017 In The News
Four Connecticut Democratic politicians are planning “A Rally In Support of the Affordable Care Act’’ this coming Sunday at 1 p.m. at the State Capitol in Hartford
January 10, 2017 In The News
Congresswoman Esty and Senator Blumenthal hold session in West Haven with residents to discuss the Affordable Care Act
January 10, 2017 In The News
Blumenthal and Esty criticized Republicans for moving forward with plans to repeal without a concrete plan to replace the Affordable Care Act