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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

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Kittle is a 25-year veteran of radio, newspaper and online journalism. In July 2011, Kittle joined Watchdog.org as bureau chief for Wisconsin Reporter. He has spent much of the past three years covering the seismic political changes taking place in the Badger State. Last year, Kittle joined Watchdog’s national reporting team, covering everything from energy policy to governmental assaults on civil rights. Beyond being published in Wisconsin’s daily newspapers and in multimedia news outlets, Kittle’s work has appeared on Fox News, and in Human Events, Reason Magazine, Newsmax and Town Hall. His special investigation into a politically charged John Doe probe, “Wisconsin’s Secret War,” was the basis of a 2014 documentary on Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze. Kittle has made several appearances on Fox News, including “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren. He serves as weekly politics commentator for Lake 96.1 FM in Lake Geneva, and WRJN-AM 1400 in Racine. His resume includes multiple awards for journalism excellence from The Associated Press, Inland Press, Wisconsin Broadcast Association and other journalism associations. Contact Kittle at mkittle@watchdog.org.

  • Justin Singleton

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

  • silly sally

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

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