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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON--Today, Congressman Joe Courtney released the following statement on a new study from the AARP Public Policy Institute that shows a dramatic increase in the number of observation status hospital stays between 2001 and 2009. Use of the “observation” classification for Medicare beneficiaries more than doubled during that time period as the average length of those hospital stays increased.
WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) announced that Medicare beneficiaries will not see any increase in premium costs for Medicare Part B in 2014. Despite reports that premiums would rise significantly for Part B recipients in 2014, the Center for Medicare Services (CMS) confirmed that 2013 rates will remain in effect.
WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) announced that a new report issued by the Commission on Long-Term Care recommends steps to protect access to skilled nursing care for Medicare beneficiaries—an objective that legislation authored by Courtney would achieve. The Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act (H.R. 1179) would address an issue that affects thousands of Medicare beneficiaries every year.
WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Joe Courtney released the following statement in response to an announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that enrollment in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans is on the rise, while premium rates have dropped nearly ten percent since 2010: