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In episode five of True Wheelchair Life: SCI Life Uncovered, the topic of going back to work and keeping your Medicaid is at hand, and our host Tiffiny has invited three people with spinal cord injuries to share their experiences. Nearly everyone who tries to go back to work after a spinal cord injury faces some push back from their Medicaid coverage. We will discuss how Disabled Medicaid has only been activated in 30+ states, and we’ll hear from people who have experienced Medicaid troubles with being cut off completely to having to work around the system.
Originally from Helena, Montana and now living in Wisconsin, Gina Lytle, a paraplegic, has been working for over 30 years despite many scary letters from Medicaid saying she could get cut off if she continued working. She shares her story and how she has refused to let the fear of losing her health insurance stop her from doing what she loves.
From the Sacramento, CA area, Jenny Weast is a C5 quadriplegic and has worked several decades as a high school teacher. Just a couple of years ago she lost her Medicaid eligibility and had to get creative to find ways to pay for her caregivers. Jenny shares how she did it, and one of her former students/cheerleaders Andi, who helped with a lot of the fundraising, also shares her experience.
Injured over 15 years ago, Kevin Mullin is an incomplete C5 quadriplegic who is becoming a more active voice in the disability/spinal cord injury community in the South Florida area. He specifically is on a mission to get the disabled Medicaid initiative activated in the state of Florida.
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