ACA Helps Reduce Out-Of-Pocket Spending On Prescription Drugs, Study Finds
Prescriptions are up, but patients are paying less for their drugs. The study's author says it is "strong evidence that the Affordable Care Act has increased treatment rates."
Los Angeles Times:
Obamacare Patients Filled More Prescriptions But Paid Less For Drugs, Study Finds
Patients who gained health coverage through the Affordable Care Act are filling significantly more prescriptions while paying less for their drugs, according to a new study that credits the health law and adds to evidence of its benefits for previously uninsured Americans and those with chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure.The innovative study is based on more than 1 billion pharmacy transactions from 2013 and 2014, which allowed researchers to look at how a sample of nearly 7 million patients were paying for drugs before and after the health law’s historic coverage expansion. (Levey, 8/17)