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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.

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. 

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.