In 2002, Medicaid became the world’s largest health program, with expenditures exceeding the better-known Medicare program. With over a third of trillion dollars in spending and over 50 million beneficiaries, America’s most complex and fastest growing health program is also its largest.

Not surprisingly, Medicaid is now the largest part of state government budgets – surpassing public education. In a new report on state budgets, the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) provides a fascinating snapshop on state Medicaid costs, including helpful state-to-state comparisons.