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Sinema Holds Health Care Roundtable in Yuma

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Victor Calderón
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U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, left, who is running for the U.S. Senate, speaks with health care leaders and employees of J.V. Smith Companies in Yuma on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018.

Kyrsten Sinema, who is running for the U.S. Senate, met with community health care leaders from throughout Yuma County and employees of J.V. Smith Companies, a local ag company, on Tuesday.

Sinema said she's spoken with voters in southwestern Arizona who told her they want to protect the state health insurance program that she said is under attack in Congress. Sinema said the problems are more acute in areas like Yuma.

"There are some unique needs that you see here in rural Arizona," Sinema told KAWC. "We heard from providers about the difficulty of recruiting health care professionals and physicians who can provide care with some families having to drive as much as two hours or more to get access to a pediatrician."

"I can't imagine how stressful that would be for a parent or a family," she said. "I want to make sure that, as United States Senator, we're working to increase the availability of physicians in rural Arizona."

Sinema faces Republican Martha McSally on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

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Stay tuned to KAWC for more with Kyrsten Sinema and more election coverage.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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