Monday, September 21, 2009

District 29 Legislators to Tour New Tucson El Rio Clinic

Arizona State Legislature
1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007

Senator Linda Lopez, D-29
Democratic Whip
Rep. Matt Heinz, D-29
Rep. Daniel Patterson, D-29

September 21, 2009

District 29 Legislators to Tour New Tucson El Rio Clinic

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – Sen. Linda Lopez, Rep. Matt Heinz and Rep. Daniel Patterson will be touring the new Southeast El Rio Community Health Center on Friday, Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. at 6950 East Golf Links Road, Tucson, Ariz. Media is welcome to join the tour.

Where: Southeast El Rio Community Health Center, 6950 East Golf Links Road, Tucson, Ariz.
When: Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 at 3 p.m.

“El Rio Community Health Centers serve as a vital health care component for the Tucson area, especially with rising health care costs and uninsured persons,” said Sen. Linda Lopez, Democratic Whip. “With recent state budget cuts to just over 10,000 people from the state’s health insurance statewide, we expect more people look toward centers such as these for primary health care coverage.”

"Access to primary and preventive medical care is an absolute imperative," said Rep. Matt Heinz, who is also a physician at Tucson Medical Center. "As a physician legislator, it is important to me to see how our health care facilities function together for the benefit of the community. It is critical that we find what works well and duplicate those processes."

"I am always interested in helping people with real solutions to our health care needs," Rep. Daniel Patterson said. "Arizona and the US need health insurance reform so all Americans can access quality health care whenever needed. El Rio has an honorable track record in Tucson of helping to make good health care accessible to all, including the uninsured."

The ground-breaking ceremony was held on December 16, 2008 and the facility recently opened in early August 2009. The non-profit El Rio Community Health Center serves the Tucson community by offering primary medical and dental care to more than 74,000 people annually. According to El Rio, the clinics serve over 1,000 people per day and in 2008, 75% lived at or below the federal poverty level and over 33,089 enrolled patients were children.

Note to Media: Media interested in joining the tour should contact Jeanette for more information.

Additional Media Contacts:
Jeanette Tejeda de Gomez, Senate Democratic Caucus

Sarah Muench, House Democratic Caucus

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