Federal officials tout benefits of new health law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Federal officials say more than 48,000 Medicare recipients in Tennessee are paying less for prescription drugs under a new law.

Health and Human Services officials say 81 Tennessee employers are paying less in retiree health insurance costs under the Affordable Care Act.

Some $48.7 million in grants for strengthening public health and consumer assistance have been awarded in Tennessee.

The act was signed into law nine months ago.

In 2011, there will be free physical exams under the law and other new benefits.

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