Data Snapshot: Medicaid Spending

According to the National Association of State Budget Officers, Medicaid continues to rise as a percentage of total state expenditures, in part to due to the Recovery Act and in part due to increases in both enrollment and overall health care costs. In fiscal 2009, Medicaid represented 21.9 percent of total state expenditures but moved up to 23.6 percent just two years later. 

Total State Expenditures by Function, Estimated Fiscal 2011

Data Source: National Association of State Budget Officers