Government says health-reform law to save average Kentuckian with Medicare coverage $5,000 through 2022

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will likely save the average person with traditional Medicare coverage $5,000 from 2010 to 2022, and people with Medicare who have high prescription drug costs will save more than $18,000 over the same period, based on the agency’s estimates.

The department also announced that seniors and people with disabilities in Kentucky have already saved $85.5 million on prescription drugs since the law was enacted. Nationwide, the report states that over 5.5 million people have saved nearly $4.5 billion on
prescription drugs since the law was enacted. This includes $195
million in savings on prescriptions for diabetes, over $140 million on
drugs to lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and $75 million on cancer
drugs so far this year.

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