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Capps Highlights New Data Showing Health Reform Benefits to California Medicare Beneficiaries

Since the enactment of health-care reform, Medicare beneficiaries in California have saved $410.8 million thanks to the assistance the health-care law provides to beneficiaries who get caught in the Medicare prescription drug coverage gap known as the “donut hole.” In the first 10 months of 2012 alone, 235,245 individuals in California have saved an average of $594 on prescription drugs. During the same period, about 1,921,565 people with Medicare in California received one or more preventive services at no additional cost, with 203,038 having received an annual wellness visit according to a report in Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk.