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.

Baby Boomers Could Go Bust Under Republican Social Security Privatization Proposals

House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following statement today after releasing a new report from the Joint Economic Committee with JEC Senior House Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY) and JEC Ranking Democrat Senator Jack Reed (RI). The report highlights the negative impact that Republican privatization and benefit cut proposals would have on workers aged 40-50.________________________________________________________________________

Hoyer Statement on Social Security Rally

House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after participating in a Social Security Rally on Capitol Hill.________________________________________________________________________

Hoyer Holds Social Security Town Hall Meeting in Waldorf

WALDORF, MD U.S. Representative Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) hosted his second Town Hall meeting in Southern Maryland yesterday evening to discuss strengthening Social Security and plans being proposed by the Bush Administration to privatize Social Security.________________________________________________________________________

Selling Social Security reform the Democrat way

COLLEGE PARK - With President Bush flooding cable TV screens with town meetings around the country peddling his approach to Social Security reform, the Democrats are finally moving to fill the vacuum on their side, in their fashion.________________________________________________________________________

Hoyer Holds Social Security Town Hall Meeting at University of Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, MD U.S. Representative Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) today hosted a Town Hall meeting with students from the University of Maryland in College Park to discuss strengthening Social Security and plans being proposed by the Bush Administration to privatize Social Security.________________________________________________________________________

Strengthening Social Security for the Future

It is increasingly clear that the proposal by President Bush to privatize Social Security the most successful government program in American history is opposed by a solid majority of the American people. And, as I discuss below, Americans are opposing privatization for good reason.________________________________________________________________________

Hoyer Fights to Lower Cost of Prescription Drugs for Seniors

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Steny Hoyer today signed a petition to force the full House of Representatives to consider a common sense proposal that would give the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) the power to negotiate lower prescription drug prices on behalf seniors enrolled in Medicare. This provision was eliminated from the Republican Medicare legislation signed into law at the end of last year. This petition would also guarantee that HHS offer at least one nationwide Medicare-administered prescription drug benefit.________________________________________________________________________

Hoyer Unveils Bill to Fund Special Olympics

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Steny Hoyer joined Special Olympics athlete Donna Moorleghen from LaPlata, and Members of Congress from the House of Representatives and the Senate today to unveil legislation to support and promote expansion of Special Olympics.________________________________________________________________________