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Health Care Advocates Rally In Newark

By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
July 31, 2013

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Consumer and health care advocacy groups rallied in Newark today claiming Governor Christie has yet to use federal money to educate people about the Affordable Care Act.

Advocates say $7 million allocated to the state as part of an Affordable Care Act planning grant has yet to be spent. They are pressing the governor to use the funds on outreach, marketing, and planning programs to inform and educate residents about the new health care options.  Maura Collinsgru is with citizen watchdog group New Jersey Citizen Action

“People don’t know what they’re eligible for we need a media and marketing campaign to tell people that. States all around the country are doing it and doing it successfully we’re seeing in New York and Maryland. Here in New Jersey the Governor has sat on the sideline and not allocated any resource.”

Collinsgru says if the governor fails to act the funds could be returned to the feds, and says with the October 1st enrollment date approaching time is of the essence.

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