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Caught in the Gap

Life in southern Ohio with out health care is hard. Bill Bender, Jill Frietze, and T.J. Amodio and his family face the realities that come with life while caught in the gap.

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Bill Bender:

There’s just two cut of people – you’re either rich or your just barely scraping by, you’re poor folks, especially here in this area

Jill Frietze:

I used to be a hairstylist and I can’t work now because of my hands and holding my arms up and trying to cut hair.

Doris Conkle:

No body will insure him because of all his health problems at such a young age.

{Hymnal signing God will take care of you sung by Lloyd Nixon}

Bill Bender:

I have three bulging disks in my lower back that are pinching off the siatic nerve going down my leg. I have scare tissue from a previous back surgery that I had and there is some kind of growth growing up around the base of my tailbone.

Well it used to be that even middle class people could afford to possibly buy some kind of health insurance on their own. I do qualify for medical assistance, a medical card but my spend down on that is over, almost $700 and there’s no way we can possibly pull that off.

Jill Frietze:

The insurance I have is through Medicaid and no it’s not enough because a lot of doctor won’t take the medical card that I have. Fibromyaligia is a muscular skeletal disease. When your hands or your feet fall asleep it feels like that, all the time, like pin pricks all over your arms and your legs.

I have a four year old that goes to Head Start. I need help getting him off to school and getting him on the bus and off the bus. I have days where I can’t even get out of bed, I have to have neighbors come and help me. I just feel like I’m depriving him of a lot of things that I gave my three older children.

Curtis Gilden:

I’m with T.J. from the time he wakes up in the morning until her goes to sleep at night. Anywhere from 14 to 20 hours a day. His care consists of total care. Everything has to be done for him because he has the physical capabilities of a three month old.

Of course the hospitals have a much easier time getting him things that we do. Like his traek collars for instance, they change them everyday in the hospital, we only get four a month.

Doris Conkle:

But Medicaid also does wonders. Tj couldn’t survive without it. I mean that’s just being totally honest. He could not survive without the things they do pay for. So I look at as you know they’re a life saver, I just wish there was more they could do help.

{Hymnal signing God will take care of you sung by Lloyd Nixon}

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