Although overall federal spending on health care is expected to soar in coming decades, cost-control measures in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will help reduce the rate of growth, according to a report from the Congressional Budget Office.

Total spending on Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and PPACA insurance subsidies is expected to rise because of a growing elderly population, more people gaining insurance coverage and the cost of new medical technologies. However, federal health-care spending is expected to be equal to 8 percent of GDP by 2039, down from a projection last year of 8.1 percent. The savings would amount to $250 billion in today’s dollars.

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