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Rural Health Care, Nov. 5 at West Texas A&M University

When:
November 5, 2019 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
2019-11-05T11:30:00-06:00
2019-11-05T13:00:00-06:00
Where:
Rural Health Care
2501 4th Ave
Canyon, TX 79016
USA
Cost:
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Texas Tribune Events

Rural Health Care, Nov. 5 at West Texas A&M University
Please join us at West Texas A&M University for lunch and a conversation on rural health care in Texas. With the populations of rural communities in Texas stagnant or declining, access to health care is more of a challenge than ever. Eighty Texas counties have five doctors or fewer; 35 counties have no doctors at all. More rural hospitals have closed in Texas in the last 10 years than in any other state, and we have half as many rural hospitals as we did 50 years ago. Among the reasons most often cited: Texas’ failure to expand Medicaid — resulting in growing uncompensated care costs — and cuts to Medicare. Yet there are nearly 1.5 million people living in rural Texas — more than the populations of 10 states. How do they get the care they need?
With the populations of rural communities in Texas stagnant or declining, access to health care is more of a challenge than ever. Eighty Texas counties have five doctors or fewer; 35 counties have no doctors at all. More rural hospitals have closed in Texas in the last 10 years than in any other state, and we have half as many rural hospitals as we did 50 years ago. Among the reasons most often cited: Texas’ failure to expand Medicaid — resulting in growing uncompensated care costs — and cuts to Medicare. Yet there are nearly 1.5 million people living in rural Texas — more than the populations of 10 states. How do they get the care they need? The Texas Tribune is pleased to present a conversation about the state of rural health featuring medical professionals, local officials and other stakeholders.

Join The Texas Tribune in person or on our livestream for a conversation on rural health care in Texas.

Our panelists will include:

Mike Henderson, family medicine doctor in Childress, TX
State Rep. Ken King, R-Canadian
Holly Jeffreys, founder of Panhandle Family Care
Billy Philips, executive vice president for rural and community health at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
The conversation will be moderated by Edgar Walters, reporter for The Texas Tribune.