U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown visited the People's Community Center in Mansfield over the weekend to discuss the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act and the benefits it offers senior citizens.

Sen. Brown said starting in 2011, the legislation under the new health care reform law, offers people on Medicare a free annual wellness visit and health screenings. He said seniors on Medicare will receive free osteoporsis screening, colorectal cancer screening and mammograms at no copay and no deductible.

Seniors who fell into the "doughnut hole," a gap in prescription drug coverage in Medicare Part D, will get a 50 percent discount on brand name prescription drugs and biologics. The 50 percent will increase annually until 2020.

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