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Closing the Doughnut Hole: Map of 2011 Savings

In 2010, the Affordable Care Act reformed the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit, closing the “Donut Hole” that previously forced beneficiaries to pay 100% of their drug costs after they exceed an initial coverage limit and until they qualify for catastrophic coverage. That gap in coverage—which totaled $3,610 in 2010—had existed since the drug benefit’s creation in 2006.

This map shows how Americans saved as a result of the benefit in 2011.

Data provided by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services