Health Care & Seniors

Congressman Hoyer played a key role in the passage and enactment of the Affordable Care Act, which includes critical insurance reforms that put patients – not insurance companies – in control of their health care, while ensuring that the U.S. health care system continues to be the best in the world.

The Affordable Care Act is making a significant difference for Maryland families. Thanks to the law, up to 2.5 million Marylanders with pre-existing conditions such as asthma, cancer, or diabetes – including up to 320,000 children – no longer have to worry about being denied coverage or charged higher prices. Additionally, thousands of young adults in Maryland have gained health insurance because they can now stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26; and over 1.5 million Marylanders on private insurance have gained coverage for at least one free preventive health care service such as a mammogram, birth control, or an immunization. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the uninsured rate in Maryland is currently 6.1 percent, down from 12.9 percent in 2013. Through the Maryland Health Connection and our state’s expansion of Medicaid, over 400,000 Marylanders have enrolled in quality, affordable health care coverage.

Congressman Hoyer believes that Congress must continue to work to improve health care access and affordability and to strengthen the ACA and ensure all Americans can access affordable health coverage.

Congressman Hoyer is also a strong supporter of Social Security and Medicare, and has opposed efforts to privatize them.  He is an advocate for ensuring their strength and long-term solvency and has fought to restore fiscal discipline to the federal government to ensure that these programs will be available for future generations. Congressman Hoyer has worked hard to strengthen the Medicare program and help ensure seniors can see their doctors. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Medicare costs – from premiums and deductibles to overall program spending – have slowed to well below the levels projected before the law passed.

Congressman Hoyer has also worked to improve and modernize the Social Security program by voting for investment in technology to enable the Social Security Administration to more efficiently process the increasing number of retirees and claims.  He supported efforts to increase funding at Social Security to reduce the hearings backlog, prevent a backlog recurrence, and improve the speed and quality of services for retirees.

Hoyer Receives Briefing at Calvert Health on New Health Care Technology

PRINCE FREDERICK, MD – Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) released the following statement today after receiving a briefing on the Da Vinci Robot technology at Calvert Health, which Congressman Hoyer helped secure $950,000 for in the FY 2023 Omnibus legislation: “It was great to hear from the talented doctors and leadership at Calvert Health and learn more about the Da Vinci Robot technology, which will soon be in use to better serve and care for people suffering from illnesses like cancer while also attracting more medical talent to the region. Access to quality health care is critically important for our people, and this new advancement for Calvert Health will enhance the services provided in our County. I was glad to work with the leadership at the Calvert Health system to secure $950,000 for this critical technology and thank them for their hard work to make sure this initiative is up and running for patients. “Unfortunately, Calvert County residents have some of the highest cancer rates compared to others in Maryland. This new resource will allow them to bring a higher standard of care for surgeons and assist in attracting top talent to their medical staff. I look forward to continuing to partner with Calvert Health to advance their health care operations and strengthen their ability to care for Marylanders in the years ahead.” The Da Vinci System consists of a surgeon’s console that is typically in the same room as the patient, and a patient side cart with three to four interactive Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) released the following statement today after receiving a briefing on the Da Vinci Robot technology at Calvert Health, which Congressman Hoyer helped secure $950,000 for in the FY 2023 Omnibus legislation:  ###

Hoyer Joins Tom Hall on WYPR-Baltimore's Midday to Discuss Democratic Leadership, FBI, and Delivering for the Fifth District

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) joined Tom Hall on WYPR-Baltimore's Midday to discuss his decision to not seek elected leadership in the 118th Congress, his work to move the new, consolidated headquarters of the FBI to Prince George’s County, and delivering for Maryland’s Fifth District: 

NEWSLETTER: Get Covered During this Open Enrollment Period


The 2023 open enrollment period for health insurance began this week, and Marylanders have until December 15 to browse, compare, and enroll in quality, affordable health plans that begin on January 1, 2023.  Alternatively, everyone has until January 15, 2023 to enroll in coverage that starts on February 1, 2023. 

Maryland Delegation Announces Nearly $7 Million for Public Health and Infectious Disease Research

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02), John Sarbanes (MD-03), Kweisi Mfume (MD-07), Anthony G. Brown (MD-04), Jamie B. Raskin (MD-08), and David Trone (MD-06) announced $6,938,832 in federal funding to promote public health initiatives, and support infectious disease and medical research efforts in Maryland. This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funding will be directed to the Maryland Department of Health. 

Maryland Congressional Delegation Urges Administration to Select State as Home for New Advanced Health Research Agency

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) joined the full Maryland congressional delegation, including Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02), John Sarbanes (MD-03), Kweisi Mfume (MD-07), Anthony G. Brown (MD-04), Jamie B. Raskin (MD-08), Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01), and David Trone (MD-06), to call on U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to select Maryland as the permanent home for the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), a new agency proposed by President Biden to improve the U.S. government’s ability to speed biomedical and health research.

Hoyer Floor Remarks in Support of Legislation to Ensure Reproductive Freedom

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor today in support of H.R. 8297, the Ensuring Women’s Right to Reproductive Freedom Act and H.R. 8296, the Women's Health Protection Act. Below is a copy of his remarks as prepared for delivery and a link to the video: