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Local protesters leave for Olympia

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PASCO, Wash.—Budget cuts are hitting nearly every program in some way.  Now some of the people getting services want to make sure lawmakers know the real effects.

KNDU met with seniors, people with disabilities and caregivers who are getting ready to travel from Pasco to Olympia to protest cuts in healthcare. 

About 36 local people signed-up to speak-out about the cuts at the capital on Wednesday.  Protesters say the hit not only affects seniors and people with disabilities but also the caregivers.  If clients cannot pay for their caregiver's services then their hours will be cut, which can mean their health benefits are also slashed.

"They're taking 17 hours of care away from me that makes a big deal of difference, because I'm totally disabled.  I can't get up without help.  I can't go to bed without help," says Leah Lumbert, Protester.

Lumbert has suffered from three strokes, Diabetes and a bad back.

The protesters tell KNDU they hope their rally will get the attention of state lawmakers.

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