YAKIMA, Wash. -- Uninsured and low income residents of Yakima struggle with health care every day. Caring for children and seniors has been a big problem locally. Yakima Neighborhood Health Services sees many patients with problems paying for medicare prescriptions, as well as parents trying to care for their children.
Rhonda Hauff runs the non-profit organization. She says health care reform is starting to help with the patients she sees, and her own family. "There are pieces that have already taken affect that we're already seeing the benefits for. Personally I have a 24 year old who is going to graduate school that I get to provide health insurance for. That's very exciting," said Hauff, COO and Deputy CEO of YNHS.
Hauff has been there for 28 of the organization's 35 years. As she sees the progression of coverage, health insurance exchange is what she looks forward to most.