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.

Prince George’s County Congressional Delegation, Alsobrooks Announce Upgraded Clinic for Area Veterans Included in Bipartisan Legislation

Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), Congressman Anthony Brown (MD-04), and Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced that they successfully secured authorization and funding to upgrade the Prince George’s County veterans clinic, operated by the Veterans Health Administration, in a bill released by the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

Hoyer Applauds New State-of-the-Art MedStar Behavioral Health Unit in Prince George’s County to Improve Quality, Access to Behavioral Health Needs

Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) joined Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, Maryland State Senator Michael A. Jackson, MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center President Stephen T. Michaels, MD, and MedStar leadership for a ribbon cutting ceremony dedicated to the fully-renovated, state-of-the-art behavioral health unit at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center in Prince George’s County. At the event, Congressman Hoyer delivered remarks focused on the urgent need to address behavioral health challenges in the Fifth District and on his work to secure $925,000 in federal funding for the new health unit in the FY2022 Omnibus Appropriations bill enacted in March 2022.

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $5 Million for Early Childhood Education Programs in Washington, St. Mary’s and Howard Counties

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) along with 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), and David Trone (MD-06) today announced $5,382,250 in federal funding for the Head Start of Washington County, Board of Education of St. Mary's County Public Schools and the Community Action Council of Howard County’s Head Start projects to expand early learning opportunities, development, health services, and family well-being for Head Start families.

Hoyer Tours College of Southern Maryland Health Sciences Construction Site

Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) toured the construction site and received a briefing about the building process for the Health Sciences Center at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM). During the briefing, Congressman Hoyer discussed how the $550,000 in critical funding he secured in FY2022 omnibus is being used to upgrade equipment in the new facility's health education program.

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Over $7 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding to Support Health Care Workers’ Mental Health

Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), Senators Chris Van Hollen (MD) and Ben Cardin (MD) and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02), John Sarbanes (MD-03), Kweisi Mfume (MD-07), Anthony G. Brown (MD-04), Jamie Raskin (MD-08), and David Trone (MD-06) announced $7,307,365 in American Rescue Plan funding for health and public safety workforce resiliency training and health care worker mental wellness programs at Johns Hopkins University, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.

NEWSLETTER: Just One Week Left to Get Covered

Open enrollment season is underway in Maryland, and there’s just one week left for you to get covered for quality, affordable health care coverage that starts on January 1, 2022.

NEWSLETTER: Now More Than Ever: Get Vaccinated, Get a Booster Shot

With new cases of the Omicron variant detected in the United States, I join many others in tracking this new strain of COVID-19. Though this variant is concerning, I am confident Maryland can get ahead of it by relying on science and safety. Now more than ever, it is critically important to get fully vaccinated, get your booster shot when eligible, and practice safe hygiene.