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Sinema Holds Health Care Roundtable in Yuma

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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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