For several years now Governor Greg Abbott has generously arranged for Texas taxpayers to send their hard-earned dollars to other states to help pay their medical bills. This odd policy needs to be reversed by accepting Medicaid expansion in Texas.

Also, Texas should give more support to local health programs such as Harris Health and the Fort Bend Indigent Health Care Program.

As a family doctor and a preventive medicine specialist, I support policies to reduce and eliminate "food deserts". These are places in poorer Houston and Fort Bend communities that do not have access to affordable healthy foods. Similarly, neighborhoods need abundant safe places to increase their physical activity, including more and better parks and pedestrian/bike paths.


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