Hurd Votes to Protect Seniors & Strengthen Medicare

March 26, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation today that will increase seniors’ access to good doctors. This bill ensures a doctor’s ability to provide important medical care to people on Medicare.

“Traveling the district, I hear story after story from seniors about how difficult it’s become to get an appointment with their doctor as fewer physicians agree to see Medicare patients,” said Congressman Will Hurd, who represents a mostly rural district in west Texas. “I know how important it is for my 82-year-old father to see his doctor in a timely manner and I want to make sure that he and every senior in my district have access to the care they need, when they need it.”

In addition, Community Health Centers throughout the 23rd Congressional District of Texas represented by Hurd will also receive relief from the “primary care cliff” they were facing, which would have forced centers to lay-off staff, close clinics and discontinue services, causing thousands of Texans in rural communities to lose access to preventive healthcare.

“Representative Hurd has 11 community health centers in his district providing high quality, affordable, cost-effective primary and preventive care to nearly 220,000 hard-working Texans, more than any other member of the Texas congressional delegation,” said José E. Camacho, Executive Director and General Counsel of the Texas Association of Community Health Centers. "TACHC and our members are grateful to Mr. Hurd for understanding the vital importance from San Antonio to El Paso that access to primary care means to the economic future of his vast district.”