More than 1,200 seniors in Scioto County have saved a total of $1 million, thanks to the donut hole in Medicare being partially closed, according to U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH).

Brown held a news conference outlining his three-point plan to reduce the deficit by lowering prescription drug costs for consumers and taxpayers. Brown, who chairs the Finance Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions and Family Policy, also released a county-by-county report showing how reforms made through the health law have already saved nearly 179,000 Ohio seniors a combined $138.5 million on their prescription drug costs in 2012, with the average beneficiary saving $774. Since 2010, Ohio seniors have saved a combined $278,731,176.

In Scioto County 1,257 seniors saved $1,039,378.44 on a total of 9,660 prescriptions. In Lawrence County, 1,043 seniors saved $836,014.81 on 7,005 prescriptions. In Adams County, 480 seniors saved a total of $400,185 on 3,517 prescriptions. In Jackson County, 508 seniors saved $460,211.76 on 3,908 prescriptions. In Pike County, 361 seniors saw savings of $289,431.36 on 2,401 prescriptions.

“There is no reason why we can’t make prescription drugs more affordable for every Ohioan and reduce Federal spending at the same time,” Brown said. “I will continue to fight for common sense solutions to lower the national deficit while reducing consumer costs and increasing access to high quality prescription drugs.”

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