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Obamacare creates 40 PR positions in Wisconsin

By   /   July 12, 2013  /   2 Comments

By Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON – The federal government is handing out $1.77 million to 16 community health centers throughout the Badger State to help promote Obamacare.

The Health Resources and Services Administration, an arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said the health centers “expect to hire 40 additional workers, who will assist 26,474 people” in enrolling in Obamacare or other government health coverage like BadgerCare.

HHS 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.

Wisconsin’s 16 health centers include 90 different sites that served 299,068 patients last year, a quarter of them uninsured, according to HRSA.

The largest grant for Obamacare “outreach and enrollment” went to Family Health Center of Marshfield, for $239,774.

“Investing in health centers means that people in neighborhoods and towns across the country have one more resource to help them understand their insurance options and enroll in affordable coverage,” said HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the release.

According to HRSA, $11 billion was set aside in the Affordable Care Act and another $2 billion in the stimulus package (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) to expand the Health Center Program.

Here’s a map of the health centers receiving grants for Obamacare outreach and enrollment:

View Obamacare outreach and enrollment community health centers in a larger map


M.D. Kittle is bureau chief of Wisconsin Watchdog and First Amendment Reporter for Watchdog.org. Kittle is a 25-year veteran of print, broadcast and online media. He is the recipient of several awards for journalism excellence from The Associated Press, Inland Press, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, and others. He is also a member of Investigative Reporters & Editors. Kittle's extensive series on Wisconsin's unconstitutional John Doe investigations was the basis of a 2014 documentary on Glenn Beck's TheBlaze. His work has been featured in Town Hall, Fox News, NewsMax, and other national publications, and his reporting has been cited by news outlets nationwide. Kittle is a fill-in talk show host on the Jay Weber Show and the Vicki McKenna Show in Milwaukee and Madison.

  • Justin Singleton

    Individuals who assist the poor in getting government services are not public
    relations (“PR”) staff. The Wisconsin Reporter’s dishonesty knows no

  • silly sally

    Yep. For sure we didn’t know what was in the Act.