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Texas patients struggle to access healthcare, urge lawmakers to act

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By Texans For Healthcare Access

Texans for Healthcare Access is a group of highly diverse organizations representing consumers, business, and a broad range of health care stakeholders working to improve access to quality, local healthcare for all Texans.

“We’re in a crisis. There’s lots of people out there who need lots of help. Without Tracy’s help (my nurse practitioner) I would not be here today. I would not have survived the lifestyle I was living.”

— Cynthia, a mental health patient from Longview, Texas

“Everything is bigger and better in Texas. But when I look at the fact that 21 rural hospitals have closed in the last decade, I think about the administrators that are having trouble sleeping thinking about how they’re going to keep their doors open in their hospital to provide care to their community.”

— Ken, nurse practitioner who worked at a critical access hospital in St. Augustine, Texas

“Nurse practitioners are wanting to move into rural health, but having to have an agreement with a physician that can be 100-plus miles way – it’s too expensive, and it’s too restrictive.”

— Elizabeth, rural health nurse practitioner in Bedias, Texas