Those who gained health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act have been prescribed more drugs and spent less on medicine overall because of the law, a new study finds.

The study by the Santa Monica, California-based nonprofit Rand Corp. focused on the purchasing patterns of 7 million prescription drug users across the country. 

Among those who had acquired private health insurance coverage since the ACA was implemented nearly three years ago, filled prescriptions increased 28 percent and out-of-pocket spending dropped by nearly the same rate: 29 percent. 

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