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Primary Care Physician loan repayment bill heads to the Texas Senate

Senator Kel Seliger Senator Kel Seliger
Dr. Rodney Young, Regional Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Medicine Dr. Rodney Young, Regional Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

Local doctors are trying to light a fire under the Texas Senators to quickly vote yes on a bill that would help fix rural doctor shortages.

The bill passed the house last week and has less than two weeks to pass the Senate before the session ends.

Despite the rush, local Senator Kel Seliger tells NewsChannel 10 lobbyists haven't knocked down his door...yet.

Supporters say House bill 2154 will not only help new doctors, but will also keep patients healthier in the long run.

"If patients have a usual source of primary health care and they go to those physicians, [then] you decrease hospitalizations, you decrease ER visits," said Dr. Rodney Young, Regional Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Medicine chair.  "Those things are a tremendous burden on the healthcare expenses."

Senator Seliger tells NewsChannel 10 he hasn't even had a chance to look over the bill, but says it does come with a huge price tag on consumers, $90 million in new smokeless tobacco taxes.

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