Beltway Happenings
Feb. 28, 2005 -- Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) and several other Democratic governors spoke at a press conference in conjustion with the National Governors Association winter meeting.  Richardson is the 2005 chairman of the Democratic Governors' Association.  The governors were particularly concerned about Medicaid, the federal-state program pays for medical assistance for people with low income.  Medicaid costs have been increasing rapidly to the point where they now comprise the largest portion of state budgets, and President Bush's FY 2006 budget proposes federal cuts of $60 billion over ten years.

Gov. Bill Richardson
Democratic Governors' Association
National Governors Association Winter Meeting Page
; see also the NGA issue brief "Medicaid in 2005: Principles & Proposals for Reform"
OMB FY 2006 Budget; see page 177 of the supporting document "Major Savings and Reforms in the President's 2006 Budget"
HHS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

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