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December 07, 2010

Columbia Valley Community Health Clinic in Wenatchee will feel the money pinch next year as a result of the State’s suspension of grant funding for migrant health care.
About $5.3 million in monthly grants to community health clinics around the state will be suspended through June. Columbia Valley Community Health’s administrator, Patrick Bucknam says that will mean a 400-thousand dollar loss in next year’s budget. Steve Hair spoke with Bucknam about the funding cuts . . .
The clinic cuts are part of Gov. Chris Gregoire's attempts to cover a deficit in the current state budget. The state Health Care Authority says that could be changed under a supplemental budget approved by the Legislature. Spokesman Jim Stevenson says the agency already made $9.8 million in cuts after Gov. Chris Gregoire ordered across-the-board cuts in September. But those previous reductions hadn't affected the clinic grants.

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