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May 2, 2019
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GUILLEN SEEKS TO ENHANCE ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE FOR RURAL TEXANS
AUSTIN - This legislative session, State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is an author of several measures that have advanced to the Senate for consideration, which would expand access to healthcare for rural Texans. With the closure of twenty rural area hospitals in recent years and many others at risk of shutting down, these efforts come at a critical time.
"Nearly sixty-percent of rural hospitals are currently at risk of failing due to a lack of funding," Guillen informed. "Accessibility to medical care is so crucial for survival, many rural communities often perish after the local hospital is closed down."
Due to a lack of infrastructure, resources or personnel to adequately meet their needs, citizens are forced to relocate and the community they leave behind collapses. Such consequences inevitably place a strain on the State's overall infrastructure and economy. However, as an author of HB 871 & HB 651, Guillen is working to combat the issue and support rural Texans' right to accessible, quality healthcare.
HB 871 aims to provide rural healthcare facilities currently lacking a trauma expert with the necessary resources for treating patients, rather than forcing them to travel long-distances with potentially life-threatening injuries. Additionally, HB 651 would allow for the Commissioners Court in counties without a public hospital or hospital district, to enroll into a participation program in order to increase the number of healthcare providers. Both measures have passed in the House and advanced to the Senate for consideration.
"All Texans deserve accessibility to quality and affordable healthcare, no matter where they may live," said Guillen. "We must work to make this a reality."
Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/representative.guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen