“My name is Teresa. I live in Athens Ohio.
I work 30 hours per week and earn $9 per hour. I could move to a larger city like Columbus and earn around $15 for the same type of work- but I love working and serving my community.
My job as a certified peer support counselor allows me to work with adults and families in my community who are in recovery or affected by substance use. I can provide them with help and support through my own recovery experiences. A job like mine is critical to my community but it does not offer health insurance. I was able to enroll in Medicaid because of the expansion.
In 2016, when I became unable to walk, the doctor said I needed to have a hip replacement. Because of my Medicaid health coverage, I was able to have the surgery and return to work. I literally would not be able to walk if I did not have Medicaid!
Medicaid sustains the lives of so many people in Ohio. It helps me stay healthy and stay in the workforce.”
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