Olga is a 52-year old woman who has endured severe physical and mental abuse and has had extreme difficulty getting back on her feet after fleeing her abusive husband. After years of abuse, she and her daughter finally built up the courage to leave their home.
Without a regularly treating psychologist, Olga cannot get treatment to manage her illnesses and past trauma. If she leaves the shelter, she will be unable to obtain medications. “I want to move out and help things get back to normal for my daughter, but not having Medicaid is a giant obstacle.” Olga said she and her daughter dream of leaving the shelter and rebuilding their lives, but their lack of Medicaid forces her to stay trapped in the past without any ability to take control of her life. With Medicaid expansion she would be able to go to regularly-scheduled therapy, obtain her prescriptions, and get health coverage to improve her current situation and begin the long journey to getting back on her feet.
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