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More Locals Will Have Access To Health Care Soon

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PASCO, Wash. - New data from the Washington Health Benefit Exchange shows that one in four Washingtonians are under-insured. Locally, the health department said there is a higher rate of those under or not at all insured compared to other parts of the state.

As part of the Affordable Care Act, a 'health access team' is working together to change that. A $264,000 grant will help thousands of eligible people in Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla Counties sign up for coverage at a discounted rate.

"When I look back at, as a community action agency, just the volume of people who come through our doors that are in need of assistance, the majority of them don't have computers, they are low income, they're mono-lingual," said Community Action Connection Executive Director Judith Gidley.

Benton Franklin Community Action Connections was chosen as one of ten organizations for this in-person customer support program. In the fall, trained assistants will be able to help residents enroll in health plans that will take effect in 2014.
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