The Paint Valley ADAM-H Board hosted a conference at the PACCAR Center, Wednesday, to urge citizens to show support for the proposed Medicaid expansion. Juni Frey, with Paint Valley ADAM-H, said there are many locals who would benefit from it: "Right now in Ross County, there are 11,737 people in Ross County alone that have no insurance, and, if expansion goes through the way it's proposed, 4,418 of those people - those uninsured - will have instant access to health-care coverage."
By extending Medicaid benefits, many people with physical and behavioral health disorders would have coverage for their treatment.
"Treatment works, people recover, and recovering people work," said Frey.
Ross County Sheriff George Lavender said Medicaid expansion would help reduce criminal activity within those addicted to drugs, who are stealing to support their habit.
"People know they need treatment, but if they don't have insurance or the availability of funding to do that, they're not seeking that treatment," said Lavender.
Frey is urging locals to contact their state legislators and urge them to pass the expansion as is.