She can’t afford mental health care. Medicaid expansion changes that

Jessica Rachels watched the room from a corner booth at Beside Bardenay. It was an election night party, and the place was full of people who had campaigned to get Medicaid expansion on the ballot — for adults like her.

The crowd cheered as the poll results got posted. By the end of the evening, Medicaid expansion was solidly on its way to becoming law, with more than 60 percent of the vote.

“I haven’t had insurance except when I was pregnant,” Rachels said. That was years ago.

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