Wis. gets little ad help for new health care law

Posted Wednesday, July 24, 2013 --- 10:56 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The federal government is spending less money in Wisconsin per capita to advertise the new health care law than it is in any other state.

The government plans to spend at least $684 million nationally on publicity and advertising. But Wisconsin's getting less than $3 million.

That's because Gov. Scott Walker has declined to cooperate with implementation of the new program. Wisconsin is getting no money to help market and advertise coverage options.

The state did receive $2.6 million in outreach grants. That money goes to community groups and health centers that provide in-person advice about new coverage choices.

Steve Brenton of the Wisconsin Hospital Association says he's not too worried. He predicts enough community outreach that uninsured people will get the message.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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