Two-year checkup

Staff reports

Seniors:

52,932 Louisiana seniors on Medicare received a 50 percent discounton their prescription drugs when they fell into the donut hole last year.

Louisiana seniors saved an average of $571 per person,for a total savings of more than $30 million across the state. By 2020, the law will close the donut hole.

Women:

Insurance companies can no longer charge women higher premiumsbased on only their gender.

More than 275,000 Louisiana women can now also receive free mammograms, bone density scans and cervical cancer screeningswithout a co-pay.

Young adults:

45,000 Louisiana young adults have gained health coveragenow that children may remain on their parents’ coverage until they turn 26.

No child in Louisiana today can be denied coveragedue to arbitrary lifetime dollar limits. To date, 385,000 Louisiana children have benefitedfrom this provision.

Small businesses:

60,000 small businesses in Louisiana are eligible for tax creditsto make employee coverage more affordable.