Health care expenses now eat up a bigger share of state government spending than expenses in any other category swallow, according to the National Governors Association.

Health care accounts for 32% of total state spending, and Medicaid alone accounts for about 22% of state spending, according the NGA, Washington.

Governors in 34 states are asking for a total of $18 billion in fiscal year 2008 funding for efforts to cut the number of uninsured residents.

Many of the proposals call for taking steps such as expanding state children’s health insurance programs, increasing individuals’ access to private insurance, and expanding Medicaid, the NGA says.