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BETTER HEALTH CARE FOR RURAL WASHINGTONIANS

 BETTER HEALTH CARE FOR RURAL WASHINGTONIANS
 SEATTLE, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- A step toward more efficient and


cost effective health care for rural Washingtonians was taken last week when a bill by Rep. Margaret Rayburn, D-Grandview, stepped past the hurdle of the House Local Government Committee, the Washington State Hospital Association said today.
 The legislation, HB 2495, would allow public hospital districts to engage in cooperative activities like group purchases and regional allocation of services. If passed by the full legislature, the bill would establish a state policy supporting cooperation, rather than competition, for rural public hospital districts. This would clear up confusion about application of federal antitrust laws to rural hospitals.
 Greg Vigdor, executive director of the Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts, said, "Thanks are due Rep. Rayburn and local government committee chair Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island, for recognizing this problem and working hard to help resolve it."
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 /CONTACT: Stephanie Bradfield of Washington State Hospital Association, 206-281-7211/ CO: Washington State Hospital Association ST: Washington IN: HEA SU:


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