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Medicare Beneficiaries Have Saved $9 Billion on Prescriptions Because of the Affordable Care Act

50,700 Seniors and People with Disabilities in Louisiana Saved Average of $795 This Year

BATON ROUGE — The Affordable Care Act is saving Louisiana seniors and people with disabilities hundreds of dollars each year on prescription drugs by ending Medicare Part D’s “doughnut hole” in coverage, with 50,700 beneficiaries saving more than $40.2 million, or an average of $795 each, this year through October.

“Helping middle-class families take advantage of the benefits of the health care law, like ensuring millions of seniors and people with disabilities have access to more affordable prescription medications and free preventive services through Medicare, should be a top priority for lawmakers in Washington,” said Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Director Stephen Handwerk. “Yet instead of working to fix the law, representatives like John Fleming and Steve Scalise have voted to repeal the health care law more than 40 times. They even shut down the government to prevent new benefits, like saving seniors money on prescription drugs and preventative services, from taking effect.”

In addition, this year more than 371,000 seniors in Louisiana have taken advantage of the Affordable Care Act’s benefit of providing preventive services, like cancer screenings, flu shots and annual wellness visits, with no out-of-pocket charge to Medicare recipients.

Since the health care law was enacted, nearly 7 million seniors and people with disabilities nationwide have saved a total of $9 billion on prescription drugs.

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