FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 2012
AARP Reacts to Health Care Law Savings for Individuals
Older Americans Already Seeing Real Benefits of Affordable Care Act, Especially in Prescription Drug Costs
WASHINGTON – AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond released the following statement in reaction to new data released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services:
“We are excited that since enactment of the Affordable Care Act, more than 5.2 million people with Medicare have saved over $3.9 billion on prescription drugs. AARP supported the passage of the Affordable Care Act because of the numerous benefits if offers our members and all Americans.
“By helping Medicare recipients avoid financially burdensome increases in prescription drug costs by closing the drug coverage gap or ‘doughnut hole,’ the Affordable Care Act is already putting money back in the pockets of seniors. In the first half of 2012, more than one million people with Medicare saved an average of $629 on prescription drugs in the doughnut hole this year.
“These real savings for older Americans struggling with the ever rising costs of prescription drugs are evidence that the Affordable Care Act is already improving the lives of millions of Americans. We will continue to educate our members and all Americans on the benefits of the law and look forward to its full implementation.”
For more on how the Affordable Care Act impacts you, visit the AARP Health Law Guide at www.aarp.org/healthlawguide.
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