The Affordable Care Act’s coverage provisions are now estimated to cost the government 20% less than originally estimated for the five-year period ending 2019, according to updated analysis from the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation. The costs primarily come from spending for subsidies that are provided through the exchanges and an increase in spending for Medicaid.
The groups now estimate that the ACA’s coverage provisions will result in net costs to the federal government of $76 billion in 2015 and $1,350 billion over the period from 2016 to 2025.
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