Sen. Brown Announces that Nearly 78,000 Ohioans with Medicare Saved Over $65 Million on Prescription Drugs so Far this Year

Ohioans have Saved Nearly $581 Million on Prescription Drugs Since Health Law was First Implemented

Brown Continues to Champion Health Law that Has Helped Protect Millions of Ohioans and Ensure they Live Healthier Lives

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the health law in 2014 has helped nearly 78,000 Ohio seniors and persons with disabilities save more than $65 million on prescription drugs, with an average discount per beneficiary of $842. In fact, since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted, Ohioans with Medicare have saved nearly $581 million on prescription drugs overall.

“The health law continues to help millions of Ohioans live healthier lives with affordable care,” Brown said. “Just in the first half of 2014, nearly 78,000 Ohio seniors and people with disabilities saved an average of $842 on prescription drugs. Uninsured Ohioans should utilize the resources available to them so that they, too, can get covered and benefit from the health law.”

The health law has already protected millions of Ohioans by closing the “donut hole” in drug prices for seniors, ending lifetime caps on insurance coverage, covering both children and adults with pre-existing conditions, allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance until their 26th birthday, offering free preventive care in new private insurance plans, and providing tax credits to small businesses to help them afford health coverage for their employees.  

Ohioans who want to enroll can find local, certified navigators, application specialists and counselors by visiting https://localhelp.healthcare.gov or by calling 1-800-318-2596.

Brown, who declined Congressional health insurance for nearly two decades—keeping a 1992 campaign promise to decline a health plan until similar coverage is available to all Americans—entered the marketplace during the 2014 enrollment period that started October 1, 2013 and ended March 31, 2014.  

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