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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.

Boehm can be reached at Eric@PAIndependent.com and follow @PAIndependent on Twitter for more.


Eric is a reporter for Watchdog.org and former bureau chief for Pennsylvania Independent. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he enjoys great weather and low taxes while writing about state governments, pensions, labor issues and economic/civil liberty. Previously, he worked for more than three years in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, covering Pennsylvania state politics and occasionally sneaking across the border to Delaware to buy six-packs of beer. He has also lived (in order of desirability) in Brussels, Belgium, Pennsburg, Pa., Fairfield, Conn., and Rochester, N.Y. His work has appeared in Reason Magazine, National Review Online, The Freeman Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Examiner and elsewhere. He received a bachelor's degree from Fairfield University in 2009, but he refuses to hang on his wall until his student loans are fully paid off sometime in the mid-2020s. When he steps away from the computer, he enjoys drinking craft beers in classy bars, cheering for an eclectic mix of favorite sports teams (mostly based in Philadelphia) and traveling to new places.