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State Exchanges Spent Far More To Reach Consumers

States that ran their own insurance marketplaces under the health law or those that partnered with the federal government spent significantly more on outreach and enrollment efforts than states that used the federal marketplace, according to a study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

McClatchy: States Using Federal Marketplaces Spent Far Less On Enrollment Assistance
State-run and partnership marketplaces spent vastly more on enrollment efforts than states that used the federal marketplace, according to a new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The five states with state/federal partnership marketplaces spent an average of $31.53 per uninsured resident for consumer enrollment assistance, according to the study conducted by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. The nation's 16 state-run marketplaces averaged $17.15 per uninsured resident, while the 29 states relying on the federal website spent an average of just $5.42 per uninsured resident (Pugh, 4/30).

The Hill:  State O-Care Exchanges Spent More On Outreach
State-based health insurance marketplaces spent three times more than the federal exchange per uninsured person to educate the public about ObamaCare coverage, according to a new analysis. The findings from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation underscore the difference between exchanges set up by the federal government and those set up by states whose leaders generally agreed with the healthcare law (Al-Faruque, 5/1).

The Chicago Sun-Times: Among Federal 'Obamacare' Partners, Illinois Spends Least On Signing Up New Patients
Among the five states partnering with the federal government to get people signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, Illinois spent the least amount per person, a new report says. Funding for these states ranged from $25.76 per eligible uninsured person in Illinois to $67.39 in Delaware, according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded study. The federal and state funds went to paying for so-called navigators, in-person counselors or certified application counselors — all hired to help people who have needed help enrolling in different health insurance options made available for the first time by 'Obamacare' (Thomas, 4/30).

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