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.

NEWSLETTER: The Child Tax Credit is Helping Maryland Families Build Back Better

On the 15th of each month, Maryland families are benefiting from expanded Child Tax Credit payments thanks to Democrats’ American Rescue Plan that President Biden signed into law earlier this year. With these monthly payments,  families are able to build back better from the pandemic; this critical assistance has helped people afford food and child care and pay their rent, and it is helping to grow our local economy. I continue to encourage you to share how the expanded Child Tax Credit has helped your family by visiting my website.

Hoyer: Maryland Families Can Breathe Easier Thanks to the Expanded Child Tax Credit

Today, as expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) payments are distributed to families across the state, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) praised this benefit assisting Maryland families and released a video featuring two Maryland mothers discussing how it has impacted their lives and children.

NEWSLETTER: We Are in This Together

According to the Maryland Department of Health, of those who are eligible to receive the vaccine, 900,000 Marylanders remain unvaccinated. I am glad to see Maryland lead several other states in our vaccination efforts, with nearly 60 percent of Marylanders fully vaccinated and over 83 percent of our state having received their first dose – but we have more work to do. We must continue to close the vaccination gap and get more of our friends and loved ones protected from COVID-19. If you are eligible, and have yet to get the vaccine, you can sign up to get your shot today.

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $12 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding to Renovate Community Health Centers

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), 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 Brown (MD-04), Jamie Raskin (MD-08), and David Trone (MD-06) today announced $12,211,150 in American Rescue Plan funding to support the construction, renovation, and expansion of local community health centers across the state.

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $54 Million to Strengthen HIV/AIDS Research and Prevention

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), 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), Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01), Anthony Brown (MD-04), Jamie Raskin (MD-08), and David Trone (MD-06) today announced $54,235,170 in federal funding for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program to bolster the HIV/AIDS surveillance and prevention programs, reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes across Maryland.

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $54 Million to Strengthen HIV/AIDS Research and Prevention

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), 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), Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01), Anthony Brown (MD-04), Jamie Raskin (MD-08), and David Trone (MD-06) today announced $54,235,170 in federal funding for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program to bolster the HIV/AIDS surveillance and prevention programs, reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes across Maryland. The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program has been instrumental in providing a better quality of life for more than 500,000 beneficiaries, whose record-high levels of viral suppression are due to the success of the program.

Maryland Delegation Announces More Than $18.2 Million to Support Community-Based Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery Services

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) joined 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 Brown (MD-04), Jamie Raskin (MD-08), and David Trone (MD-06) today in announcing more than $18.2 million in COVID-19 relief funding to increase access to mental health services and substance use disorder treatment programs across the state.

Maryland Congressional Delegation Applauds Biden Approval of Hazard Mitigation Resources to Support COVID-19 Recovery

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) and Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02), John P. Sarbanes (MD-03), Kweisi Mfume (MD-07), Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01), Anthony G. Brown (MD-04), Jamie B. Raskin (MD-08) and David Trone (MD-06), today applauded President Joe Biden for granting their request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for federal disaster assistance through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) that will strengthen emergency preparedness and mitigation efforts for future public health emergencies.

Hoyer Statement on National Recovery Month

As we mark the beginning of National Recovery Month, I join in recognizing the tremendous gains of Marylanders and Americans across the country who continue to make progress on their path toward recovery from addiction and substance abuse. For too many Marylanders, addiction continues to be a struggle, fraught with a harmful and incorrect stigma.