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Read stories from fellow Kentuckians and share yours.

Your voice matters! By telling your health care story, you are joining thousands of other Kentuckians who want to have a say in the policy decisions that affect their health. Whether about your experience with Medicaid, surprise medical bills, SNAP, or the Affordable Care Act, KVH invites you to share your story to amplify our impact.

 

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Hardin, KY
42784

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: Although I don’t have medicaid now I at one time had to rely on medicaid and had to use the transportation for minor surgery in Louisville since I had no one else able to do it and would not have been safe for me to drive myself. I was also able to…

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Oldham, KY
40014

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: My dad uses mediciad transportation since the nursing home doesnt have thier own service. I was able to get all my childrens eye exams done by a licensed pediatric opthamologist and see a pediaitric dentist to correct birth issues with my daughters mouth. Please tell us how eliminating these benefits would affect…

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Jefferson, KY
40228

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: I skipped the dentist for four years. I consider teeth and eyes as part of the human body and should be treated just as much as any other body part. Please tell us how eliminating these benefits would affect you, your family, or your community: Possible tooth loss. If I canÍt get…

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Scott, KY
40324

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: The dental and vision exams allotted to me by Medicaid are an important tool for spotting potential health risks early. To me there are an essential part of preventive care. Please tell us how eliminating these benefits would affect you, your family, or your community: Especially with dental care, I may have…

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Jefferson, KY
40243

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: It is a benefit to all of us for our state to have more affordable health benefits/services. Please tell us how eliminating these benefits would affect you, your family, or your community: KY had risen slightly – from 47th to 44th in health ranking. Cutting benefits will put us back toward the…

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Madison, KY
40403

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: better teeth Please tell us how eliminating these benefits would affect you, your family, or your community: bad teeth

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Carter, KY
41164

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: Working people have been able to obtain all sorts of medical, dental and vision care that they previously had been unable to afford/ Please tell us how eliminating these benefits would affect you, your family, or your community: As an HIV positive person a dentist could be one first medical professionals to…

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Fleming, KY
41041

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: I just go to the dentist once a year. Please tell us how eliminating these benefits would affect you, your family, or your community: won’t be able to go

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Clay, KY
40962

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: Me, and my brother, who on expanded Medicaid, we’re able to get our first dental fist in about 20 years. We had cleanings, multiple fillings, and I was able to get four broken teeth extracted. We were also able to finally get new glasses, which we’d needed for about a decade. Glaucoma…

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Carter, KY
41143

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: Underprivileged children rely on this assistance Please tell us how eliminating these benefits would affect you, your family, or your community: Underprivileged children will go without needed vision and dental services

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Jefferson, KY
40210

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: I’ve had a lot more patients wanting to go to the dentist as well as the eye doctor. I’ve had a couple patients who’ve been a able to get teeth pulled and it filled. I’ve had a patient who found out he had an eye disease that was causing headaches. He was…

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Jefferson, KY
40206

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: My community benefits because people cannot be productive if they are not healthy enough. We all benefit from all of us having access to affordable heath care. Please tell us how eliminating these benefits would affect you, your family, or your community: People will work less, be educated less and will seek…

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Grayson, KY
42754

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: Vision care is extremely important for me because through regular exams I found out I have Glaucoma and now have to visit the eye doctor even more then normal and I could lose my vision without proper care and treatment. Dental care is important to me for preventative reasons. Please tell us…

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Franklin, KY
40076

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: My husband has surgery pending because of the loss of dental care. He has to be cleared by a dentist and without that coverage the surgery he desperately needs wonÍt happen. Please tell us how eliminating these benefits would affect you, your family, or your community: My husband just became disabled and…

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Perry, KY

Beverly May, Nurse Practitioner, Shares Her Medicaid Story

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Jefferson, KY
40215

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: My husband works for a non profit organization so the salary is not high and doesnÍt offer health insurance. I am self employed babysitting in my home while I raise and homeschool our two young children. The expanded Medicaid has allowed us to continue working and serving in our community without having…

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Daviess, KY
42420

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: Work with cts who have HIV and they utilize so many aspects for access to care Please tell us how eliminating these benefits would affect you, your family, or your community: all of the cts I work with would have major cuts in healthcare

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Madison, KY
40403

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: These are obvious and necessary parts of basic healthcare. Please tell us how eliminating these benefits would affect you, your family, or your community: My family requires dental and vision care and can not afford these services on their own. I was also previously a Medicaid recipient and this would have impacted…

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Warren, KY
42104

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: Many people in my communities ty rely on these benefits for basic vision and dental care. Kentucky residents already have lower dental health than many places. Why would we not want our people to be healthy? Please tell us how eliminating these benefits would affect you, your family, or your community: My…

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Kenton, KY
41017

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: As a provider, I have seen first hand the benefits of this coverage. Dental & vision care have often been neglected due to lack of ability to pay. I am the Health Ministries Coordinator at my church & have referred members to local vision and dental community clinics for much needed care….

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Fayette, KY
40513

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: Please tell us how eliminating these benefits would affect you, your family, or your community: You are hurting people that need the most help.

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Hopkins, KY
42431

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: -Eliminating these costs enables members to better afford their other expenses such as co-pays and other medical bills. -Also for families with multiple children it ensures all children get the dental and vision care they deserve despite the ability for their parent to pay all the heavy costs of multiple children. By…

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Warren, KY
42101

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: After years without dental coverage, I needed fillings on nearly every molar. My teeth were so painful, but KY dental coverage helped me fix everything. I am less angry and work better without constant mouth pain. I also found out I was nearsighted, which explained why driving was so confusing to me….

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Henderson, KY
42420

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: My community needs all the above benefits, dental and vision are very important to the whole health of an individual. Transportation assistance will impact the community not only for the client that will be unable to attend appointments due to no transportation but it will impact the business that are offering transportation…

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Simpson, KY
42134

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: Healthier people are better students and workers. Please tell us how eliminating these benefits would affect you, your family, or your community: Healthier people make better citizens.

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Pike, KY
41501

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: I have a family member who has Medicaid, and any intelligent person knows that keeping the teeth and eyes healthy are crucial to good health! Please tell us how eliminating these benefits would affect you, your family, or your community: Possibly lose teeth, which would cause them not to eat properly, which…

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Campbell, KY

Troy May, Graduate Student and Caregiver, Talks about Impact of Losing Coverage

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Meade, KY

Adam Barr, Co-Owner of Barr Family Farms, Share His ACA Story

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Oldham, KY

Bree Pearsall, Co-Owner of Rootbound Farm, Share Their ACA Story

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Fayette, KY

Kelly Gunning, Mental Health Advocate, Speaks at Medicaid Expansion Press Conference

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Jefferson, KY
40205

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: Please tell us how eliminating these benefits would affect you, your family, or your community: Allowing access to dental and vision benefits saves Medicaid recipients from relying on emergency room care which is more costly.

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Jefferson, KY
40245

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: Medicaid dental coverage lessens ER use for dental emergencies, vision coverage helps detect diabetes. Preventive care reduces costs. Please tell us how eliminating these benefits would affect you, your family, or your community: Kentuckians will pay more in emergency care, disease will progress further without detection and more work time will be…

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Rowan, KY
40351

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: Many of my clients have received dental and vision care through Medicaid expansion. Without such coverage, minor issues (e.g., toothache) can turn into major medical issues which would require medical attention and costly care. I have seen firsthand how access to medical and dental care can keep clients healthy and can prevent…

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Perry, KY
41763

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: Living so far from town and with no jobs here , the people here need assistance. Please tell us how eliminating these benefits would affect you, your family, or your community: Lots of people here in my community would not be able travel and get the treatments they need. Our community would…

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Rowan, KY
40351

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: Please tell us how eliminating these benefits would affect you, your family, or your community: The removal of medicade will require citizens to engage in a market place they can’t afford. With a business that is often to necessary for the average citizen to have any ability to bargain.

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Fayette, KY
40513

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: I work in hemodialysis and our patients utilize transportation services to get to their life saving treatments. It also helps them get to doctor appointments for preventative visits or visits needed when ill. Please tell us how eliminating these benefits would affect you, your family, or your community: Losing these benefits would…

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Jefferson, KY
40211

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: Me and my family really need it right now I don’t work Please tell us how eliminating these benefits would affect you, your family, or your community: By eliminating these benefits my kids can’t go to the dentist or the eye doctor.

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Jefferson, KY
40207

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: It is important for everyone to have coverage for dental and vision care. Please tell us how eliminating these benefits would affect you, your family, or your community: We can not have a viable work force if they canÍt see properly or have rotten teeth. Aside from the fact that it is…

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Jessamine, KY
40356

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: The community benefits when children have access to these services. Poor vision/poor dental health has a negative impact on a child’s ability to benefit from instruction. Adults have difficulty working if they are in pain due to poor dental health. DRIVING, and therefore public safety can be impacted by poor vision. Please…

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Jefferson, KY
40242

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: I have students who were failing in school because they couldnÍt see. Medicaid provided eye exams and glasses that they will now lose. The dental clinics brought to the schoolÍs made a difference in oral health. Please tell us how eliminating these benefits would affect you, your family, or your community: Children…

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