January 31, 2024

Rep. Mike Levin Honors Ted & Carla DeBont as January 2024 Constituents of the Month


Encinitas Residents Ted and Carla DeBont selected for their outreach and advocacy efforts.

Encinitas, CA – Today, Rep. Mike Levin (CA-49) announced Ted & Carla DeBont as his January 2024 Constituents of the Month. The DeBonts reached out to Rep. Levin in the fall of 2021 after a loophole in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) caused their health insurance premiums to double when Ted aged into Medicare.

As a result of their advocacy, Rep. Levin introduced the Health Insurance Premium Fairness Act earlier this month to close this loophole and save Ted, Carla, and others on the ACA thousands of dollars annually.

See below for Rep. Levin’s statement recognizing Ted and Carla DeBont in the congressional Record:

“M. Speaker, it is my great honor to recognize health care advocates and Encinitas residents, Ted and Carla DeBont, as my January 2024 Constituents of the Month.

“In fall of 2021, Ted aged into Medicare while Carla stayed on her Affordable Care Act approved medical plan. However, due to a loophole in the ACA’s premium tax credit formula, their premiums increased from $300 to $600 a month. Ted reached out to our office to see what he could do.

“In response, I introduced the Health Insurance Premium Fairness Act. This bill would close the loophole that penalizes married couples whenever one spouse ages into Medicare while the other remains on the ACA marketplace plan. Thanks to Ted and Carla’s advocacy, this bill will save them—and countless other Americans like them—thousands of dollars annually on healthcare premiums costs and bills. 

“This year a record 20 million Americans signed up for an ACA plan, and because of Ted and Carla’s advocacy, we’re fighting to ensure that all Americans can access the quality, affordable health care they deserve. Ted and Carla’s advocacy is admirable and I’m proud to honor them as my January 2024 Constituent of the Month.”


Rep. Levin’s Constituent of the Month program recognizes outstanding North County San Diego and South Orange County residents who have gone above and beyond to help their neighbors, give back to their community, and represent the best of our country. Rep. Levin’s December Constituent of the Month was Vista “Toy Man” Jeffrey Olsen, his November Constituent of the Month was Oceanside Veteran Dr. Jack Morgan, and his October Constituent of the Month was Del Mar CASA Advocate Bonnie Grossman.