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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

Seniors and Retirement Security

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January 24, 2012 Op-Ed
“Slower Growth in Health Spending” (editorial, Jan. 12) misses the point when it suggests that the Affordable Care Act — a law whose ink was barely dry at the time — had a negligible effect on health care spending in 2009 and 2010. In fact, recent growth trends suggest that the law is particularly effective at reining in Medicare spending, which now makes up 15 percent of the federal budget. It does so with modest changes to provider reimbursements and by introducing efficient preventive care practices in anticipation of accountable care organizations."
December 22, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Joe Courtney today released the following statement after House Republican leaders agreed to extend the payroll tax cut, ending their objection to relief for 160 million American families:

December 22, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Joe Courtney today announced that, since the beginning of 2011, his office has helped return $1,331,686 to eastern Connecticut citizens who were owed Social Security checks, veterans’ benefits, tax refunds and other payments from the federal government. Since Courtney’s arrival in Congress in 2007, his casework staff has helped thousands of constituents cut through bureaucratic red tape.

December 19, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Joe Courtney today released the following statement after House Republican leadership obstructed a bipartisan agreement that would extend payroll tax cuts to middle class Americans:

December 6, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – According to new data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), eastern Connecticut seniors saved $3.388 million on prescription drugs from January through October  as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Medicare improvements in the Affordable Care Act mean that beneficiaries now automatically receive a 50-percent discount on covered brand-name drugs in the Part D coverage gap, or “donut hole.” The amount of this discount will continue to grow until the Part D donut hole is completely phased out in 2020.  

October 19, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Joe Courtney today applauded the Social Security Administration’s 3.6-percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security beneficiaries in 2012. The COLA will begin with benefits that nearly 55 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2012.  Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 30, 2011.

September 16, 2011 Op-Ed
​Rep. Darrell Issa's opinion piece "Health Care Law Will Deepen Deficit" (POLITICO, Aug. 22) reminded me of the late great Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan's famous riposte: "You are entitled to your own opinions. You are not entitled to your own facts."
July 30, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Joe Courtney today released the following statement after voting "yes" on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's compromise plan to end the default crisis:

July 7, 2011 Press Release

HARTFORD – Members of the Connecticut Congressional delegation and Governor Dannel Malloy applauded today’s decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reevaluate their analysis of payments to Connecticut hospitals in the FY 2012 Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule.

June 22, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC –Congressman Joe Courtney today invited eastern Connecticut seniors to a public forum to discuss the House Republican plan to privatize Medicare. The forum will be held on Tuesday, June 28, in Willimantic. Courtney will answerer questions and take comments regarding the impact of the plan on Medicare as well as Medicare's preventative care measures. 

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