Casey: Fix to Medicare Donut Hole Will Save Older Pennsylvanians More Than $87 Million

County-by-County Breakdown Shows Nearly 150,000 Older Pennsylvanians Will Save on Prescription Drugs

WASHINGTON, DC –U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced today that a change to Medicare’s so-called ‘donut hole’ will save older Pennsylvanians more than $87 million on prescription drugs this year. Beginning this year, older Pennsylvanians who fall into the donut hole will save about 40% on their prescription drugs - an average savings of about $600.

“A nearly $600 reduction in prescription drug costs can’t come at a better time for older Pennsylvanians struggling to afford basic necessities like medication,” Senator Casey said. “Reducing the costs of prescription drugs is a win-win: it will save older Pennsylvanians money and boost the state’s economy.”

Medicare Part D helps older Americans pay for their prescription drugs, but there has long been a gap in the coverage. Once a prescription cost enters a certain range, older Americans are required to pay out-of-pocket for their prescription drugs, entering the so-called donut hole. Reforms made to the program in 2010 and being implemented for the first time this year mean that those stuck in the donut hole will now receive a major discount on their medicine. Nearly 150,000 older Pennsylvanians will benefit from these changes.

Senator Casey supported the changes to Medicare’s donut hole and has long fought to reduce the price of prescription drugs for Pennsylvania’s older citizens.

Below is a county-by-county breakdown of savings: 

Region

Number of Beneficiaries with Gap Discount

Total Gap Discount Amount ($)

PENNSYLVANIA

149,988

87,275,461.77

Adams County

1224

715158.32

Allegheny County

17456

9265115.22

Armstrong County

1095

571903.18

Beaver County

2814

1590846.67

Bedford County

823

487848.68

Berks County

5028

2853387.44

Blair County

1892

1189276.85

Bradford County

692

431931.08

Bucks County

7042

4387140.90

Butler County

2530

1389070.97

Cambria County

2273

1276830.10

Cameron County

78

43381.81

Carbon County

758

444538.18

Centre County

1589

667222.96

Chester County

5001

3118163.98

Clarion County

521

326387.25

Clearfield County

1036

625637.67

Clinton County

403

239398.62

Columbia County

696

431662.28

Crawford County

1131

636670.61

Cumberland County

3012

1839571.17

Dauphin County

2435

1443849.54

Delaware County

6367

3992835.69

Elk County

592

374672.07

Erie County

3683

2243045.52

Fayette County

1977

1148345.02

Forest County

83

55466.39

Franklin County

1732

964649.40

Fulton County

185

111059.08

Greene County

424

289160.16

Huntingdon County

613

362641.59

Indiana County

1300

829976.25

Jefferson County

661

427637.01

Juniata County

357

233358.03

Lackawanna County

2696

166458.30

Lancaster County

6469

3938232.85

Lawrence County

1481

885308.84

Lebanon County

1712

855170.98

Lehigh County

4273

2604522.65

Luzerne County

4600

2917603.17

Lycoming County

1244

777776.64

McKean County

605

395781.13

Mercer County

1623

947019.12

Mifflin County

784

488164.77

Monroe County

1385

824047.19

Montgomery County

9067

5595221.47

Montour County

177

123651.11

Northampton County

3618

2155538.25

Northumberland County

1158

729265.07

Perry County

575

374857.54

Philadelphia County

9257

5993089.60

Pike County

454

257090.51

Potter County

207

118986.06

Schuylkill County

1830

1057926.60

Snyder County

388

247482.14

Somerset County

1297

778803.80

Sullivan County

90

60624.46

Susquehanna County

482

298844.11

Tioga County

462

293307.72

Union County

400

228654.55

Venango County

504

302179.89

Warren County

440

270672.15

Washington County

3298

1789429.42

Wayne County

816

506236.25

Westmoreland County

5975

3171254.86

Wyoming County

315

190160.91

York County

4803

2924259.97

*Data provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

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