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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

Seniors and Retirement Security

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January 13, 2017 Press Release
“One of the top priorities for my staff and I is to work one-on-one with constituents who struggle with federal agencies,” said Courtney. “Almost every day we hear from a local resident who faces a crisis in their life because government red tape prevents them from receiving their hard-earned benefits. Whether we are helping to secure retroactive benefits for a retired veteran, or helping a young family obtain a mortgage modification, each of these cases is about more than a dollar figure – they are real people trying to make ends meet, and I am proud that we are able to help make that happen. I urge any eastern Connecticut resident facing difficulty when working with the federal government to contact my office to see if we can be of assistance.”
April 19, 2016 Press Release
“The Two-Midnight Rule was not a solution to the observation crisis for hundreds of thousands of Medicare patients across the nation,” said Courtney. “The arbitrary coding of observation status is plunging families into a Medicare black hole financially and medically. While I am pleased they have ditched the Two-Midnight Rule, it is time for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to join the 56 other organizations and 118 bipartisan cosponsors in supporting passage of my bill, the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2015.”
January 15, 2016 Page

AFL-CIO

Airline Pilots Association, International (ALPA)

Alliance for Retired Americans

America's Health Insurance Plans

American Benefits Council

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

American Federation of Teachers

AASA, The School Superintendents Association

Association of Educational Service Agencies

Cigna 

Communications Workers of America

Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents

Connecticut Business & Industry Association

December 27, 2015 In The News
Passage of the $1.15 trillion omnibus spending bill last week was celebrated by many as a rare bit of bipartisan cooperation in Congress, even though that cooperation involved both sides giving into some of the others’ worst instincts. Spending will continue to increase, unaffordable tax breaks for special interest groups will survive, Medicare and Social Security spending will go unreformed.
October 28, 2015 Press Release
"Since the seventeen-day government shutdown in 2013 orchestrated by House Republicans, our nation has lurched from crisis to crisis, averting disaster through short term patches and eleventh-hour gimmicks. The lack of certainty in the budgeting process, the looming threat of sequestration, and the threat of default on the full faith and credit of our treasury bonds, have needlessly hamstrung our nation's economic recovery and hindered our military and key government agencies from performing their missions."
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 24, 2015 Press Release
WASHINGTON—Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) today warned Connecticut residents to be wary of a phone scam in which scammers impersonate Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents demanding payment of owed taxes. This week, Congressman Courtney and his wife, Audrey, received two of these calls at home.
 
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
December 15, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) released 2014 totals showing that constituent casework performed by his office in 2014 saved or returned $2,431,624 to eastern Connecticut residents. Courtney’s office helped residents receive funds and benefits owed to them by resolving IRS disputes, VA benefit issues, mortgage problems, complications with Social Security benefits, and other issues.

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