Lawmakers need to revisit VNA situation |

Lawmakers need to revisit VNA situation

With the closing of Valley View Manor, Craig’s sole nursing home, last week and some stressful news from the Visiting Nurse Association this week, one can only wonder at the area’s health care situation.

The VNA, which deals with home health and public health issues, has seen a 30 percent drop in its staff because of budget cuts, which means vital programs have either been cut back or eliminated all together. It also means that the VNA’s presence has been reduced or eliminated, such as the case in Hayden.

VNA provides crucial services, such as information on preventing child obesity and child abuse as well as prenatal care and immunizations.

The VNA is a valued partner of The Memorial Hospital and the county’s public health department.

Sue Birch, the executive director of the VNA in the Yampa Valley, said communities in the area might see negative cause-and-effect lifestyle issues increase, such as child abuse.

What state leaders who are in charge of the purse strings seem to fail to realize is that we can either pay now for programs that prevent or pay later for higher health care costs, more police officers on the street or more jail cells.

We believe the old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure could not ring more true in this situation.

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