$3.6M being spent in SC to market health care law

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Unlike other states, South Carolina isn't helping promote the federal health care law to the uninsured, but millions of marketing dollars will still be spent within the state.

Data compiled by The Associated Press show the federal government plans to distribute $3.6 million directly to community groups and health centers to promote the law to an estimated 906,400 South Carolinians without health insurance. The grants are part of a nationwide marketing blitz costing more than $680 million.

South Carolina ranks 32nd in both per capita and total spending.

The federal government is spending 78 cents per person in South Carolina. Nationwide, per capita spending ranges from 46 cents in Wisconsin to $9.23 in West Virginia, while total spending in states ranges from $914,000 in Wyoming to $174.2 million in California.