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If you've been watching fox you know we've been covering -- critical issue states around the country.
Are faced -- facing crippling budget problems rising health care costs and employee benefits just two of the growing burdens.
In Delaware for instance employee health care costs have gone up 230%.
In ten years to 350 million dollars annually.
State contributions to the pension fund have increased 502%.
In that same decade.
Delaware governor Jack mark -- joins us now live from Wilmington.
You've got a huge problem -- Medicaid ahead I know that the stimulus funding has been.
Helping you through some of the rough patches.
But we're looking at the numbers more than a billion dollars one point two billion.
In Medicaid spending for fiscal year 2009.
The second largest cost to your tax -- in Delaware.
And Medicaid enrollment up almost 9%.
Between June 2009 in June 2010.
The national average -- seven point 2%.
Why the Medicaid problem first of all.
Well first of -- it's good to be with you and thanks for having me on.
Delaware like get just about every state is certainly we were facing a significant challenge.
With rising costs of health care and then when you layer on top of that.
The fact that the number of people who qualify for Medicaid.
Is increasing so significantly during this economic get period we've got a lot of work to do and we're doing it in Delaware and states across the country are doing it as well.
Well so people have lost jobs in the reception the recession they're coming onto the Medicaid rolls because they simply can't.
-- insurance as.
That's exactly right that's why Medicaid enrollment and across the country has increased very significantly.
Over the last couple of years that's why when we were all together this weekend at the National Governors Association.
There was a lot of conversation amongst governors and also with the president and the vice president.
About Medicaid because it's just such a big piece of every State's budget.
It's one that we've really got to -- control I know that the president's health.
Care law enacted last year essentially says that states cannot.
Trim Medicaid eligibility requirements or else they're going to lose federal funding.
I know that each of the Republican governors and some of the Democrats -- have said.
You know that something's gotta give here you gotta let us.
Reduce the eligibility requirements or or -- or take down the Medicaid rolls what do you feel about that.
Well the president actually came to us over the weekend and he asked governors Democrats and Republicans alike.
To come together with the with a list of ideas that we think are important to helping us get control.
Of -- Medicaid costs there's been of the big buzz word amongst governors right now -- flexibility.
That we want more flexibility in what -- it what the president asked us was to please define exactly what that means and so.
Democratic and Republican governors alike are coming together.
Putting a list putting it on the table and I think -- really positive thing to come out of this weekend.
Was that the president made it very clear he understands what an economic challenge this is for states across the country he wants to work with us as we get these costs under control.
Well I know you've got a lot of work to do to get there governor Jack -- -- of Delaware thanks for sharing your time with us today we appreciate.
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