The Washington Health Benefit Exchange has selected Yakima's Neighborhood Health Services to help local residents find the right health care plan.  This is part of the Affordable Care Act otherwise known as "Obamacare."   Neighborhood health is one of ten organizations , including public health agencies chosen statewide to help residents enroll in a qualified plan starting October 1, 2013.

Yakima Neighborhood Health Services will provide residents with impartial information to help them determine which health insurance option best fits their needs.  These efforts may take place through in-person meetings, online communications or over the phone.   "We are looking forward to serving people in Yakima and Kittitas counties, connecting them with quality health coverage through Washington Healthplanner," said Anita Monoin, Yakima Neighborhood Health Services CEO.  "Our goal is to ensure more individuals and families experience the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have a health plan that covers all of the services you and your family may need."

Yakima Neighborhood Health Services has received a total of $300,000 from the Washington Health Benefit Exchange to build and oversee an in-person assistance program in Yakima and Kittitas counties.  The Exchange has received a total of $6 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop the program all over the state.