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Feds to spend $4 million promoting Obamacare at Pennsylvania health clinics

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By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania health clinics are picking up a cool $4 million from the federal government to help promote the Affordable Care Act.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the grants on Wednesday. The federal government plans to spend more than $150 million in grants to 1,100 heath centers and clinics across the county.

In Pennsylvania, 38 grants totaling more than $4.1 million will be awarded. The funding is supposed to create 76 jobs, at a cost of about $53,000 per job.

Here’s a handy map showing where the grants will be doled out.  No surprise here, most of them are in the Philadelphia area and Pittsburgh.  By our count, $1.1 million of the grants are earmarked for the City of Brotherly Love.

View Obamacare grants for Pennsylvania in a larger map

In a release this week, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the grants would help people “understand their insurance options and enroll in affordable coverage.”  It was unclear if workers in the health centers would require patients to read all 2,000 pages of the Affordable Care Act law as part of that process.

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Eric Boehm is the national regulatory reporter for Watchdog.org. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. His work has appeared in Reason Magazine, National Review Online, The Freeman Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Examiner and Fox News. He was once featured in a BuzzFeed listicle. Follow him on Twitter @EricBoehm87 and reach him at [email protected]