By Sam Baker - 10/25/12 05:50 PM EDT
So far, seniors have saved $4.8 billion on their prescriptions, HHS said. The department said 5.6 million seniors have received a drug discount or rebate, including 2.3 million this year. Seniors who hit the doughnut hole have saved an average of $657 this year.
The health law has also bolstered preventive medicine, HHS said. Medicare now covers many preventive services without a co-pay or other cost-sharing for seniors. HHS said nearly 21 million seniors have received at least one preventive service this year without facing out-of-pocket costs.