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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:
Bicameral, bipartisan bill is endorsed by AARP, American Health Care Association (AHCA), American Medical Association (AMA), and the Center for Medicare Advocacy
WASHINGTON, DC – According to new data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), 11,195 eastern Connecticut Medicare beneficiaries saved $10,849,307 on prescription drugs because of the Affordable Care Act in 2012. The number already dwarfs the $5,001,408 eastern Connecticut seniors saved in 2011, and it will continue to grow each year until the Part D donut hole is completely phased out in 2020.