Health care access hit if budget doesn’t pass

OlympiaJune 20, 2013 

Many in the community depend on Sea Mar Community Health Centers in Olympia, and across the state, to provide access to medical, dental, behavioral and social services. If the Legislature is unable to agree on a budget before the July 1 deadline (“Gov. Inslee plans for ‘major, major disruption,’ Senate leader says talk of shutdown ‘nonsense’” 6/12/13), it will directly impact Sea Mar and the patients we serve.

Individuals and families will lose access to coverage and our clinics will lose many of the resources we depend on to provide comprehensive services to our patients. We urge the Legislature to find a solution to the budget that will ensure critical health care services go uninterrupted.

Additionally, we urge the Legislature to remain committed to reasonable investments in health care that will maintain the community safety net and expand Medicaid. It is most certainly doable, and it is the right decision for the health of Washington and its people.

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