Mark Udall said today that new data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services shows how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is saving Colorado senior citizens millions of dollars on prescription drugs and has made preventative care services available to thousands more.
"This report underlines what thousands of Coloradans already know: The ACA has made prescription drugs more affordable for Colorado's senior citizens and basic, preventative health services accessible to thousands more," Udall said. "The ACA is about more than health care. Improving access to basic health services and making medication more affordable helps us maintain a healthy and productive workforce."
According to the report, the law has saved approximately 14,000 Coloradans more than $43.8 million in prescription drugs spending since 2010 and more than $8.7 million since the start of 2012. The report also shows that nearly 180,000 Coloradans have received preventative services and 25,260 Coloradans have taken advantage of annual wellness visits.
Colorado's experience mirrors benefits across the country: The ACA saved nearly 5.4 million senior citizens and people with disabilities more than $4.1 billion on prescription drugs. The law has also given 18 million Americans improved access to preventative care service and annual wellness visits.
Udall has been a vocal supporter of the ACA as a tool to expand health coverage for thousands of Coloradans. Earlier this summer, Udall announced expanded health care services for women, and heralded the U.S. Supreme Court decision to affirm the health care law's constitutionality.