KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Dr. Eric Harman, a family medicine physician at Mountain Region Family Medicine in Kingsport, issued the following statement after the announcement that Cumberland River Hospital will close on March 1, 2019.

“Upon hearing the news of yet another hospital closure, it’s almost hard to know what to say because it’s been said so many times before: expand Medicaid. Rural communities don’t deserve to lose access to medical care because of partisan politics. Once again, I call on our governor and our legislature to do the right thing and expand Medicaid. Let this be the last hospital that closes due to inaction from our elected officials.”