To the editor — I applaud the Yakima Herald-Republic for its coverage of the health care debate in the other Washington. Even though we live thousands of miles from the U.S. Capitol, actions on health care reform will have a direct impact on our community.
While members of Congress may not see eye-to-eye on many issues, they have long agreed on the importance of community health centers to our health care system. Health centers have earned bipartisan support over more than 50 years. Here at Yakima Neighborhood Health Services, a private, nonprofit health center, we’ve served the community successfully for 42 years.
During National Health Center Week 2017 (Aug. 13-19), many congressional leaders will visit a local health center and show their support for a solution that delivers results: lower costs, healthier people and family-wage jobs — we employ 250 people directly and another 100 indirectly. Our operations last year had a $45 million economic impact, according to Capital Link, a national health-care analytics firm.
Now more than ever, it’s important to remember there are solutions already working and elected leaders who have put aside political differences to ensure these solutions continue.