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.

Democrats Are Fighting To Preserve and Strengthen Social Security

This Sunday will mark the 70th Anniversary of one of Americas most successful and most popular programs: Social Security. Democrats created this program in 1935, recognizing that older Americans deserve integrity and independence in retirement, and that children and disabled Americans need security in the face of disastrous and tragic family events...________________________________________________________________________

Hoyer, Cardin: Medicare Law Needs to be Fixed, Not Simply Promoted

As Secretary of Health & Human Services Mike Leavitt toured Baltimore today to promote the Medicare prescription drug benefit, U.S. Reps. Steny Hoyer (D, MD-5) and Ben Cardin (D, MD-3) both expressed serious concerns about the Medicare law that takes effect in January 2006, providing seniors with a limited prescription drug benefit.________________________________________________________________________

Hoyer Hosts Roundtable Discussion with Prince George's Business Community on Social Security

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) today participated in a roundtable discussion about how the Presidents plan to cut Social Security benefits will affect working families in Marylands 5th Congressional District. Rep. Hoyer invited representatives from Chambers of Commerce and other business organizations from Maryland to join him for this discussion.________________________________________________________________________

Hoyer Introduces Bill to Extend Dental Care to Medicare

Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD) introduced legislation today that would allow "medically necessary" dental care for seniors and the disabled to be covered under Medicare.________________________________________________________________________

Hoyer Responds to Bush Social Security Pitch in Silver Spring

House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in response to President Bushs Social Security pitch at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring.________________________________________________________________________

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.________________________________________________________________________