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Courtney Recovers More Than $1.5 Million in Savings for Constituent Taxpayers in 2013

December 31, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC –Congressman Joe Courtney today announced that, since the beginning of 2013, his office has helped return $1,587,211 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.

“Every year, my talented, hardworking staff assists constituents who are fighting through bureaucracy to get what they are rightfully owed,” said Congressman Courtney. “From IRS disputes to long-overdue payments owed to veterans with service-connected disabilities, these savings are helping eastern Connecticut families make ends meet. I hope that these stories will encourage others facing similar issues to reach out to my office for assistance in resolving problems with federal agencies.”

Across a range of constituent cases, Congressman Courtney and his staff secured positive results, including:

Thousands owed to Marie Sultana Robinson of Mystic, including her deceased husband’s retirement savings account, federal military death benefit, and retroactive annuity payments dating back to her husband’s passing in 2009.

An $18,000 payment from Medicare owed to Dr. Steven Johnson of Norwich, whose practice earned the payment for transitioning to electronic medical record-keeping, ensuring that their patients’ information is up-to-date and available for their other hospitals and providers. Dr. Johnson had tried unsuccessfully for 10 months to secure the payment, and Congressman Courtney’s office resolved the case in approximately two months.

Several thousand dollars in retroactive VA pension payments owed to the Nasatka family of Pawcatuck. After working with Congressman Courtney’s office to resolve the case, the Nasatkas’ monthly pension payments from the VA are on schedule.

In total, the casework breakdown of savings is as follows:

Social Security:  $849,224

Armed Services and Veterans Affairs:  $352,507

FEMA:  $20,830 

IRS:  $147,101

Pensions:  104,076                                       

Student Loans:  113,063

Housing: $410

Congressman Courtney’s office can assist constituents with a range of issues including: Social Security, Medicare, veterans’ benefits, immigration/visas, passports, loan modifications, requests for flags and commendations, service academy nominations, and more.  He has two offices in eastern Connecticut:

Norwich District Office

55 Main St., Suite 250
Norwich, CT 06360

Enfield District Office

77 Hazard Ave, Unit J
Enfield, CT 06082