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Benton Franklin Access to Care dance

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TRI-CITIES, Wash. - Thousands of people live in the Tri-Cities without health insurance and a place that helps them is in danger of having to shut their doors.

Benton Franklin Access to Care operates on a federal grant and the government has recently cut that money because it is needed to go towards Iraq and Katrina relief.

Members of the group have put together a dance to raise money.

They said they are desperately trying to keep their organization alive.  Benton Franklin Access to Care provides health care to more than 1,700 uninsured people in the community.  

Project Director Kris Call is very upset.  She said, "I see everyday what the staff has done here for the community.  I think it's sad our federal government doesn't put a value on our citizens health around our nation."

The Benton Franklin Access to Care service held a benefit dance at the Eagles Club in Pasco from 9 to midnight Saturday night.  The group was trying to raise enough money to keep their doors open.

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