By Mary Ellen Mcintyre
July 5, 2016

A mental health bill expecting a vote in the House this week would likely reduce net direct Medicaid spending by $5 million between 2017 and 2026, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

The legislation would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits for any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2027, the CBO predicts. The bill would reduce federal Medicaid spending and would similarly result in lower state Medicaid spending between 2017 and 2026, the office projects.