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Once a year, Bell Welch would pile his family of four into the car, drive four-plus hours west from Reno and spend the night in the Bay Area. It was the only way his young son, who’d had a brain tumor surgically removed, could be treated for his ongoing seizures.

The sole purpose of the two-day trip, which cost the family upwards of $800 with a hotel, food and gas, was a 30-minute appointment with a specialist at Stanford Medical Center. But it was necessary because Reno didn’t have a doctor who specialized in the care Welch’s son needed.

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