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 Visits Southern Maryland Child Care Resource Center

CHARLOTTE HALL - Congressman Steny Hoyer today joined community leaders on education and child care issues to observe how a federal grant in the amount of $540,165 that the Southern Maryland Child Care Resource Center received for early learning opportunities is being implemented. Rep. Hoyer was briefed about the Centers use of the grant by Executive Director Becky Stevens and the Center staff.________________________________________________________________________

Hoyer Recognizes "Public Health Week" in Charles County

WHITE PLAINS, MD - Congressman Steny Hoyer today met with Charles County Health Officer, Dr. Chinnadurai Devadason (Dr. D), and more than 100 Charles County Public Health Department Employees to discuss with them the importance of investing in our public health. Rep. Hoyer met with the Health Department in recognition of National Public Health Week, observed this year from April 5 through April 11. Following are Congressman Hoyers remarks as prepared for delivery:________________________________________________________________________

Hoyer Praises Researchers for New Discovery to Help in Fight Against Rett Syndrome

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Steny Hoyer today congratulated researchers at Torontos Hospital for Sick Children, the Center for Addiction and Mental Health and the University of Toronto, for identifying a new form of the protein MECP2 which regulates the complex expression of Rett Syndrome (RS) and other neurological disorders including autism, childhood schizophrenia and some forms of mental retardation. This research is reported in the April issue of the journal Nature Genetics, which recently became available online. Congressman Hoyer has been a leader in Congress on Rett Syndrome for over a decade.________________________________________________________________________

Hoyer Received Alzheimer's Association's Highest National Advocacy Award

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Steny Hoyer was honored today by the Alzheimers Association as this years recipient of their Humanitarian Award. As a strong supporter of the Alzheimers Association in Congress, Hoyer was awarded today as a tribute to his leadership on critical appropriations measures, in promoting rights for persons with disabilities and his work on Medicaid and Medicare issues.________________________________________________________________________

Reps. Hoyer and Cardin Talk to Seniors About New Rx Drug Law

LAUREL - U.S. Representatives Steny Hoyer and Ben Cardin hosted a Prescription Drug Town Hall Meeting at the Phelps Senior Center in Laurel, Maryland today to discuss the new and very complicated federal prescription drug law. The Representatives were joined by the Mayor of Laurel, Craig Moe, and the Director of the Phelps Senior Center, Gina Wade. Following are some of the remarks made by Congressman Hoyer as he talked to Maryland seniors. (As prepared for delivery).________________________________________________________________________