Individuals shared their stories of how Medicaid Expansion helped them get back on their feet after personal health problems and struggles. The Coalition for Healthy Communities, a consortium of 22 statewide organizations, held a press conference at the statehouse to share successes due to expanded coverage through Medicaid. Medicaid Expansion will need to be approved again during this next legislative session as current funding expires this June. The coalition is renewing its plea to lawmakers to continue making this health care coverage available.
One individual shared his story of how he had been opposed to the federal health care law and expanding Medicaid until he had a personal health crisis. “When my antidepressant stopped working a couple of years ago, I went into a deep depression and quit my job. When I could no longer afford the cost of COBRA and medication copays, I applied for and was approved for Medicaid. With the stress of paying my medical bills reduced and my depression under control, I was able to go back to work. On December 1st, I became insured through my new employer. Without Medicaid, I would not be where I am today” said Ben from Cincinnati.
Hancock County Sheriff Michael Heldman shared how the expansion of coverage has impacted his community by adding jobs and assisting those in the community get back on their feet. Medicaid is a critical support that provides access to physical and behavioral health care and keeps over 450,000 Ohioans working, going to school and caring for their families.
As discussion continues in the statehouse on renewing the expanded Medicaid coverage in Ohio, we need more personal stories to paint the picture of the many individuals that have been brought back to their feet this past year with expanded Medicaid Coverage. If you or someone you know has a story to share, please email Denise Gastesi at ProgressOhio, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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