Reform Law’s Drug Discounts Aiding Medicare Beneficiaries
About 48,000 individuals have saved a combined $38 million -- or an average of $800 each -- through the first two months of 2011 under the federal health reform law's discount on brand name drugs for Medicare beneficiaries, according to HHS. HHS also noted that 11,000 Medicare beneficiaries have hit the out-of-pocket maximum for this year. Those beneficiaries saved an average of $1,175 each, according HHS.
- "HHS Says 48,000 Have Used Medicare Drug Discounts This Year" (Carey, Kaiser Health News, 3/22).