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BUDGET: Shutdown would disrupt critical services

Letter by David Flentge, Tacoma on June 14, 2013 at 11:21 am | No Comments »
June 14, 2013 1:43 pm

Re: “Governor plans in case budget talks fail” (TNT, 6-12).

Among those feeling anxious about a possible state government shutdown, are people who may lose access to life-saving health-care coverage while the Legislature still works on passing a budget. The needs of the patients we see at Community Health Care in Tacoma will not pause on July 1, nor will our need for critical resources to provide for our patients.

There is no time like the present for legislators to come to an agreement. I urge them to pass a reasonable budget that not only keeps critical services running, but looks to the future by protecting the state’s health-care safety net and expanding Medicaid to ensure people can remain healthy and productive.

(Flentge is president and CEO of Community Health Care.)

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