2013-12-19 / Senior Savvy

Seniors Benefit from Health Care Law

New data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services shows that, due to the Affordable Care Act, an estimated 25.4 million people with traditional Medicare – including 87,099 in Rhode Island – received at least one free preventive service at no out-of-pocket cost, such as an annual wellness visit or mammogram, through October of this year. 10,600 Medicare recipients in Rhode Island saved over $7 million on prescription drugs, for an average savings of $677 per person.

Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, seniors fell into the so-called Medicare “doughnut hole” and were forced to pay the full cost of their prescription drugs. In 2010, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse successfully fought to eliminate the doughnut hole as part of the Affordable Care Act, enabling the savings they are seeing today.

“Seniors who were hurt by the doughnut hole for years are now saving hundreds of dollars on their prescription drugs while also gaining access to free preventive services,” said Senator Whitehouse. “These examples are further proof that the Affordable Care Act is making a real difference for Rhode Islanders.”

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