Prioritizing Rural Health and Rural Hospital Closures

During the week of November 4, the Texas Observer published an article detailing the impact of a rural hospital closure in Clarksville, Texas. The reporting highlights stories from Clarksville community members that have been negatively impacted by the loss of local health care access, and it claims that the closure may have contributed to at least 10 deaths since the hospital’s closure in 2014.

TIME published an article that emphasizes why Democratic presidential candidates should prioritize rural health care issues in their campaign platforms: according to former Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, “You cannot, certainly, win the Senate back, but probably not even win the presidency, without increasing the margin of Democratic votes in rural America.”