Michigan Spends Little to Promote Health Care Law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Just five states will spend less per capita than Michigan to get the word out about the federal health care law.

Michigan's $5.7 million in outreach spending amounts to 58 cents per resident, according to data compiled by The Associated Press. That's far less than states that are embracing the Affordable Care Act.

Michigan's uninsured can enroll for subsidized private insurance through a federally run marketplace starting Oct. 1. They also will be able to sign up if the Legislature embraces Medicaid expansion.

Advocates are disappointed Republican lawmakers rejected $19 million from the U.S. government for outreach and advertising. The Obama administration is sending Michigan's smaller allotment directly to community health centers and nonprofits.

It's unclear to what extent the federal government may run ads in Michigan promoting the law.

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