The national focus on reducing health care spending while providing coverage to more Americans is working. A key contributor to that trend: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The latest evidence comes from a Robert Wood Johnson funded analysis of federal health spending increases. The study indicates Americans will spend $2.5 trillion less on health care between 2014 and 2019 than was forecast in 2010.

The analysis considered data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which has been attempting to project health care spending trends to determine how well the efforts to reduce increases are working.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.