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Medicaid will provide hospital care, prescriptions and more to another 275,000 Ohioans, if OKd by state lawmakers

March 18, 2013 aboutbloodpressure High Blood Pressure

LEVELAND, Ohio — When Rochelle Meekins found out a couple of weeks ago that she’d be covered by a special Medicaid health insurance program offered only in Cuyahoga County, she burst into tears.

“Finally, there was some hope,” said the 47-year-old hairdresser who has gone a decade without health insurance and earns too little to pay for it.

It wasn’t just her high blood pressure that worried her, it was her teeth.

With no dental insurance she’d been living with severe pain on both sides of her mouth since summer.

The pain, she hopes, will end next month when she’ll see a dentist for the first time in nine years. Her new insurance will cover the cost.

“It’s just nice to hear that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel,” Meekins says.

Her story could be repeated more than a quarter of a million times beginning Jan. 1, 2014, if Ohio lawmakers approve the statewide expansion of health insurance for the poor known as Medicaid.

REad More: http://www.cleveland.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2013/03/ohios_expanded_medicaid_progra.html

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