Governors cite need for Medicaid funding
Gov. Joe Manchin III (D)
“All states still are facing tough fiscal situations even though I do believe we're in recovery,” said Gov. Joe Manchin (D-WV), the new chairman of the National Governors Association.Many states facing severe deficits have said they would be forced to slash services such as hospice care and reduce payments to Medicaid providers if additional funds were not approved soon.
Compounding problems is that 28 states had factored an extension into their fiscal 2011 budgets.Still, some fiscally conservative governors balked about the idea of more federal assistance.