San Francisco – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on today’s announcement that more than 25 million seniors on Medicare have already received one or more free preventive services in 2013 due to the Affordable Care Act. More than 7 million seniors on Medicare have also saved nearly $9 billion in lower prescription drug costs, an average savings of $1,200 per person, since the ACA was enacted:
“Millions of seniors and people with disabilities across the country are enjoying dramatically lower prescription drug costs and free preventive services, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
“As it closes the so-called ‘donut hole’ in prescription drug coverage, the Affordable Care Act is helping millions on Medicare fill their prescriptions without emptying their wallets – making a real difference in the lives of millions of seniors trying to make ends meet on a fixed income. In California alone, more than 280,000 beneficiaries have saved a total of $254 million in prescription drug costs, in just the first ten months of this year.
“With the Affordable Care Act having already made it possible for more than 25 million people on traditional Medicare to receive free preventive services, like annual wellness visits or mammograms, in 2013, this law continues to improve access to high-quality care and lower costs for American seniors and families nationwide. But instead of working with Democrats to strengthen the health law, House Republicans continue to push to repeal the Affordable Care Act and raise costs for the millions on Medicare. Republicans should stop trying to roll back these critical protections and savings for America’s seniors.”