"ICHS welcomes all people."
My name is Lau Vo. I am 69 years old. I was born in Vietnam and I have been in the United States for 23 years. I am the oldest of a big family. My wife and I have four children. Only my younger brother still lives in Vietnam. My brother and sister and their children all live in Washington state.
I have been a patient at International Community Health Services for about 10 years. We have gotten a lot of help there. When I come to ICHS, I feel like I am with family. They are so nice and call me “Uncle Lau.” When I have a question, they explain the answer. I’ve introduced many of my friends to ICHS.
Previously, my wife and I worked but our income wasn’t enough to afford health insurance. Fortunately, I was able to see a doctor using ICHS’ sliding fee scale.
In 2010, the staff at ICHS helped me sign up for insurance under Apple Health. This saved my family and my life.
I used to take medication for prediabetes. At ICHS, I learned about exercise and how to eat healthy food. No more white rice! I was able to reduce my medication until I stopped needing it. Now, I am healthy because I work out, eat healthy food and make sure I get enough sleep each night.
Congress needs to continue funding for health centers and to continue to help low income people. I thank ICHS and the staff there from the bottom of my heart. ICHS welcomes all people. It doesn’t matter where you work, what your income is or what country you came from — the doctors and staff care about you and your health. Please keep health center funding!
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