Hospital merger bill threatens rural access

Guest Column

As a senator representing rural Washington, I understand the importance of accessible healthcare for all residents, regardless of where they live.

Unfortunately, for far too long, rural communities in Washington have struggled to access the care they need. The challenges they face include a shortage of medical professionals, inadequate infrastructure, and limited resources. Residents often have to travel for hours to reach the nearest hospital or clinic, and even then may not receive the care needed due to a lack of specialized services.

Take the story of Yakima resident Steve Sturgeon, which...


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