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Healthcare plans hurting local clinics and patients

Healthcare plans hurting local clinics and patients

YAKIMA, Wash.- Its been more than 100 days since congress has allowed funding for CHIP and other healthcare programs to expire.

Senator Patty Murray addressed to President Trump on legislators the current healthcare crisis in Yakima, and described the impact it would have if families were to go without children's healthcare and other primary care programs.

"If congress does not act soon, three different clinics including a clinic in one of the poorest cities in Washington will be at risk. Yakima cannot wait," said Murray.

Many local health clinics like Best Practices Medical Clinic have already had to put patients on the back-burner because lately, they haven't been getting the funding to afford it.

"It's just unfortunate that I can't accept more children into my practice that have Medicaid, but it's just not feasible due to the significant reduction and reimbursement that we get as a private clinic," said Greg Swart, Owner of Best Practices Medical Clinic.

Swart says insurance companies are putting a huge barrier for clinics and patients.

"We would love to take every patient into our clinic regardless of their reimbursement source. The reimbursement rates are so poor that we can literally not afford to accept certain insurances because we would not be able to sustain our current business model," said Sheala Johnson, ARNP at Best Practices Medical Clinic.

Johnson says if insurance rates don't change, more clinics will have to limit their care or even go out of business.

"We hope we see patients starting to write letters to their legislator and say I am paying for a service that I can't access. Because right now the insurance is making all the rules. We need to be the ones to stand up and say no we're done," said Johnson.

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