Total U.S. health care spending grew slowly in 2012, rising about four percent, but the story for state and local governments was dramatically different, according to an analysis from the State Health Care Spending Project, an initiative of MacArthur and The Pew Charitable Trusts. Health care spending by states and localities increased eight percent, according to the latest data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, consuming  larger share of revenue – about $3 of every $10 – than has been the case for such expenses since at least 1987, the earliest year for which complete data are available. As state and local governments continue to navigate the aftermath of the Great Recession, health care spending remains a source of fiscal pressure.

Improving the Nation’s Fiscal Future, Policy Research, Health, United States