The Affordable Care Act and Women. Improved Medicare Coverage


Women represent 56.9 percent of Americans aged 65 years and over, almost all of whom participate in Medicare.8  The 24.7 million women who have coverage through Medicare can now receive additional preventive services without cost-sharing, including an annual wellness visit, a personalized prevention plan, mammograms, and bone mass measurement for women at risk of osteoporosis.9

The Affordable Care Act expands prescription drug coverage under Medicare by closing the Medicare prescription drug coverage gap, often called the “donut hole.”10  More than 2 million women are already benefitting from this provision, saving $1.2 billion on their prescription drugs.11  This number is projected to grow to 3 million women, saving $4.9 billion in 2021, as the donut hole is fully closed over the coming decade.12

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