Ala. Getting Little To Promote Obama Health Plan

Jul 24, 2013

Alabama will receive very little money to help promote the Affordable Care Act after choosing to not set up a state-run health insurance exchange.

Alabama is getting 73 cents per person to help residents understand the Affordable Care Act and decide if they want coverage through a health insurance exchange.

Federal funding figures show Alabama's amount is lower than many states because Gov. Robert Bentley decided not to create a state-run health insurance exchange and is leaving it to the federal government. That meant Alabama's state government didn't seek any of the millions available for outreach and advertising.

Federal figures show community groups and health centers in Alabama are receiving nearly $3.5 million to help the uninsured understand the new system and get signed up.

By comparison, Arkansas, which created an exchange, is getting $24 million, or $4.68 per capita.