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Tri-Cities Community Health Helping the Uninsured

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PASCO, Wash.-  Recent numbers from the Department of Health show that 20-30 percent of employed people do not have health insurance, and those numbers are even higher for the unemployed.

Tri-Cities Community Health is asking the community to "Experience the Give" with them.  Without the non-profit agency, those people would not be medically served.

The non-profit clinic's CEO Al Cordova says everyone deserves the right to seek primary medical care.  "I used to say that the uninsured are those that are economically disadvantaged, but in today's world you don't have to be disadvantaged. You just have to be without a job," said Cordova.

From pediatrics to geriatrics, to family practice and internal medicine; and obstetrics and gynecology... Tri-cities Community Health provides a wide range of services for people living in Benton and Franklin Counties.

The Clinic's CFO Esleen Fultz said, "For the Tri-Cities, we are the only health center of our kind that has its doors open waiting to serve the general population."

The clinic is a federally qualified health center.  However they say the funds aren't adding up and that the federal grants don't cover the total cost of their health services.

"If we are looking to continue to open the doors to anybody who wants to be served, it's becoming increasingly more difficult not to mention that the federal government for the last two years have not increased their federal grant funding to us," said Cordova.

Cordova says if non-insured or under-insured people are not able to be served at the clinic, it could actually cost the government and community more money.

"People are going to wind up in emergency departments or they're going to wait until they are so sick that they have to be hospitalized. So we are a very cost effective way of providing good primary care, preventive healthcare that actually saves money in the long run," said Cordova.

We invite you to join NBC Right Now and the Tri-Cities Community Health on Friday, June 21st for "Experience the Give," a one-hour program to benefit the clinic.

Hear from patients and staff about the clinic's impact on the community.

"Experience the Give" Friday 7pm on NBC Right Now.