Health Reform Benefits: 18.9M Seniors Took Advantage Of Free Preventive Services, 1.3M Saved On Prescription Drugs

New data from the Department of Health and Human Services finds that thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more than 18.9 million seniors in Medicare have taken advantage of free preventive services and nearly 1.3 million “have received a 50 percent discount on their brand name prescription drugs when they hit the donut hole, saving a total of $660 million so far this year.” Individuals saved an average of $517 this year. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services also offered a state-by-state breakdown of savings. Delaware saw the largest average discount per beneficiary — $628.51 — while West Virginians saved the least with $351.63 on average per beneficiary.