Low enrollment in Affordable Care Act exchange plans could help cut spending on ACA subsidies from now through 2026, even if the current ACA subsidy rules stay the same.

Analysts at the Congressional Budget Office predicted today, in a new report, that federal spending on subsidies for three major ACA individual health insurance subsidy programs could amount to just $729 billion over the period from 2017 through 2026.

That's 16% lower than the ACA subsidy estimate the CBO analysts published in March 2016. 

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.