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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

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March 26, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, the House passed H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015—a bill which Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) co-sponsored—to enact a permanent ‘doc fix’ that provides predictable reimbursement rates from Medicare to providers, and repeals the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula adopted in 1997. Courtney released the following statement after the bill passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority of 392 to 37:

March 23, 2015 Press Release

Bipartisan Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act would restore coverage rules for skilled nursing care

Vernon, CT—Today, at Vernon Manor Health Care and Rehabilitation, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2)  announced the reintroduction of his bipartisan bill to restore Medicare coverage of follow-on skilled nursing care for seniors who have a three or more day stay in the hospital.

March 23, 2015 Press Release

Bipartisan Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act would restore coverage rules for skilled nursing care

Vernon, CT—Today, at Vernon Manor Health Care and Rehabilitation, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2)  announced the reintroduction of his bipartisan bill to restore Medicare coverage of follow-on skilled nursing care for seniors who have a three or more day stay in the hospital.

February 25, 2015 Press Release
Total yearly savings grew by more than $500,000 over 2013 total
October 17, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday evening, Congressman Joe Courtney donated blood at the Red Cross donation center in Norwich (photo attached). As news of Ebola causes anxiety for U.S. residents,  donating blood and getting vaccinated against the flu will help local health systems better prepare for emergencies of all kinds. Courtney has scheduled his flu shot for Monday in Vernon.

"Donating blood is one of the most basic and effective ways that Connecticut citizens can contribute to the readiness of our local hospitals for a range of emergencies,” said Courtney.

October 15, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today U.S. Representative Joe Courtney (CT-2) issued a reminder to Medicare beneficiaries in eastern Connecticut that open enrollment begins today and extends through December 7, 2014.  Medicare open enrollment is the period when beneficiaries can change their health plan and prescription drug coverage for 2015.  If an enrollee’s current plan meets the enrollee’s health care needs in 2015, the enrollee will not do not need to do anything additional.

October 10, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) announced that Medicare beneficiaries will not see any increase in premium costs for Medicare Part B in 2015. Despite claims that Part B premiums would rise significantly for seniors, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) confirmed the standard premium for 2015 will be $104.90—the same as in 2013 and 2014. 

August 15, 2014 Press Release

Norwich, CT—Today, Congressman Joe Courtney released the following statement after the Connecticut Insurance Department announced that Anthem’s requested rate increases of an average 12.5 percent on individual plans for 2015 was denied. Instead of the requested increase, consumers with individual Anthem plans will see an average decrease of 0.1 percent in their premium costs.

June 18, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON—Today Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) released the following statement on the House vote to send legislation to reform the Veterans Administration (VA) to conference:
 
“Today’s action is an important step forward in the effort to provide the top-notch health care that every American military veteran deserves,” Courtney said. “I look forward to the conference committee producing a final bill that I hope will lay out clear, substantial changes to ensure that the VA’s failings in providing access to quality and timely care are fully addressed.
April 10, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC– According to new data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), 12,262 eastern Connecticut Medicare beneficiaries saved $14,474,351 on prescription drugs because of the Affordable Care Act in 2013. The number already dwarfs the $10,849,307 eastern Connecticut seniors saved in 2012, and it will continue to grow each year until the Part D donut hole is completely phased out in 2020.

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