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Stories by topic: Medicaid & Health

  • The City Mission Cuyahoga

    They [our clients] are able to better parent, they’re able to maintain employment, and that’s really our goal – to help our clients to move to a place of self-sufficiency

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  • “I wouldn’t be able to help people as I do without my own medical treatment, my own healthcare, and without Medicaid.”

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  • Charles McClinon Hamilton

    “I was ecstatic, I was relieved … and I went and called my family and said ‘I finally have got coverage. I don’t have to worry about whether I’ll have coverage for my medicine and for my care’.”

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  • It’s comforting to know, at least for now, I can get the medication I need to keep going and get back to work.

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  • Kathy Cotman Cuyahoga

    Without these programs, I would be isolated in a nursing home, and cut off from involvement in society which all of us are entitled to.

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  • Nazlah J. Cuyahoga

    The only way to advance is to keep going to school, but in the meantime I don’t have health care.

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  • Carl Engelhart Cuyahoga

    I was staying two weeks ahead of homelessness and couldn’t get a job.

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  • Shelley is a person with a significant mobility disability and has been able to be a contributing member of society because she receives long-term care services through the Ohio Home Care Waiver (Medicaid) and personal care assistance from the Rehabilitation Services Commission.

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  • In 2004, due to complications from her mental illness, Jennifer could no longer work…

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  • Joanna W. Cuyahoga

    Thank God they were able to diagnose my problem…I was able to get back to my activities and my life.

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  • Kyle Clermont

    Patti says, “[If Medicaid had been expanded] he’d still be here. There is no question. A life would have been saved.”

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  • Beth Dunlap Scioto

    Patients are able to take care of their healthcare needs, vision, dental and manage their prescriptions because they are now receiving Medicaid benefits.

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  • The impact of my son’s Medicaid services is far-reaching. The quality of life for the entire family is much improved.

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  • Melinda Hellard Fayette

    Medicaid Expansion opened numerous doors and opportunities for individuals to finally seek the medical attention that they were denied for so long.

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  • Holly Watt Allen

    I finally, after 34 years of being uninsured, qualified for health insurance. I am now able to get the care I need without the financial barrier.

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  • Karen Schubert Mahoning

    We need the protection from fear of having a health issue that will drive us into the kind of poverty we can never escape from.

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  • I have a family doctor now, which I didn’t have before. It’s wonderful.

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  • Rekeil Lewis Hamilton

    I just want to tell you that it’s a matter of life and death. Without a health insurance card, it’s harder to get the appointments you need. Your health gets poorer and poorer.

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  • Tonya McDonald Muskingum

    Tonya was fearful that she was developing the same cancer that her mother had died from, but couldn’t afford to get tested. Medicaid allowed her to receive testing and peace of mind.

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  • Dawn Smith Butler

    Today, thanks to Medicaid, I am not afraid to keep a doctor’s appointment, fill my prescriptions, or get my blood tests, infusions and cat-scans.

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  • Louise McKinney Cuyahoga

    When they leave the City Mission, they can take their medical card with them. They don’t have to wait until they have an emergency; they can have a medical home.

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  • Mary Franklin

    Mary has gone from depending on her family and the emergency room for her health care needs, to being able to depend on Molina Healthcare and her care management team. 

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  • Hazel Connelly Cuyahoga

    The dentist said something I won’t forget, “We’re going to give you a whole new smile.”

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  • Kara Gawelek Cuyahoga

    Medicaid expansion allowed my mother- a hard-working widow who raised two young daughters on her own- to finally see a doctor.

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  • Tahira Wilson Cuyahoga

    Receiving a health card within one month allowed my client to remain stable while learning appropriate ways to cope with being a newly diagnosed schizophrenic.

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  • Roger Monk Franklin

    After being homeless for almost 25 years, Roger is now able to get the medical attention he needs and is getting an apartment and job training.

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  • Jackie White Franklin

    Jackie, a registered nurse in Columbus, sees her patients able to not only seek care but also fill their prescriptions thanks to Medicaid.

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  • Bob Krasen Franklin

    The office of the OB/GYN enrolled a woman I know in Medicaid during her first visit, so all of her medical care was covered. That’s the kind of health care experience that we should be proud of as Ohioans. Healthy mom, healthy child, and no astronomical debt!

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  • Brandon Griffin Muskingum

    The main thing I have been able to do since getting Medicaid is to see a dentist. My teeth were infected and I was in a lot of pain. Now I can eat what I want.

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  • My client told me this is the first time in over a decade he will have medical coverage to address his problems. He told me he is beginning to have hope again that his life may amount to something and he can work to make his family proud.

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  • Julia Regis Summit

    When she enrolled in Medicaid, Julia was able to see a dentist after seven years without dental care.

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  • Medicaid has helped take the financial burden off of us when it comes to our children’s health care needs.

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  • Pamela Harris Licking

    I am living proof that Medicaid makes it possible for people to work and for families to stay together.

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  • Effie Morway Cuyahoga

    The coverage of basic preventive medicine, alcohol and drug rehabilitation, and mental health services has allowed people who have HIV to get the necessary care they need without being restrained by fears of unreasonable medical bills.

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