Maintain affordable primary care access for underserved communities
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Maintain affordable primary care access for underserved communities

To: Sen. Cantwell, Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez, Sen. Murray

From: A constituent in Longview, WA

May 25

I understand the importance of accessible healthcare, especially for underserved communities. Walmart's decision to close all 51 of its health clinics across six states is deeply concerning as it leaves many lower-income patients and those in rural areas with limited options for primary and preventive care. These clinics filled a crucial gap by providing affordable services like urgent care, labs, dental, and behavioral health in areas lacking adequate medical resources. Their closure due to financial challenges highlights the systematic issues plaguing primary care in the U.S., including provider shortages, high costs, and reimbursement barriers. However, abandoning this endeavor altogether neglects Walmart's corporate responsibility to the communities it serves. I urge you to reconsider this decision and explore alternative models to continue offering some level of basic healthcare services, even if modified or scaled back. Populations already struggling with chronic health issues cannot afford to lose what little access they had. As a leading retailer, Walmart is positioned to drive positive change - profits must not take priority over people's fundamental needs. I implore you to uphold your commitment to these vulnerable groups by preserving affordable care options.

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