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Jason: I’m raising a family, and the Private Option is helping us
Jason: I’m raising a family, and the Private Option is helping us
Posted by Anna Strong on February 3rd 2014

In our latest #KeepARCoverage video we meet Jason Mitchell, from Paragould. Jason works hard to try to put food on the table for his wife and kids. He, like 250,000 other Arkansans, is eligible for the Private Option. Now, he can afford to take the prescribed medication to help ease the pain of his nearly debilitating arthritis. Justin doesn't have to worry about suffering through any more long work days.  

Click here to find out more about the Private Option and why it's so important that lawmakers stand by this bipartisan solution to keep Arkansans covered. Over 90,000 Arkansans have already signed up for the Private Option.

"I level floors for a living," Jason says. "I save everything... I'm somebody that's been with the same woman going on 17 years and married for 10. We've never been one to reach out and ask our family for help. We've been one to do it ourselves. I have arthritis in both my hips. It got to where my wife would have to bathe me. I have no cartilage left between the bones on the sides of my hips... Having the medication that I need now - and not having it then - it is night and day. There were times when I would literally sit and cry all day because there was nothing I could do. And it takes its toll mentally, too."

Lawmakers are faced with one big question in the upcoming fiscal session of the Arkansas General Assembly: Will they allow Jason to go back to a situation where he's immobilized by pain, unable to work and live comfortably? During the last legislative session, Arkansas lawmakers came up with a bipartisan solution to make sure Arkansans have the health coverage they need. Now, legislators have to allocate funding for the Private Option in the coming fiscal session. If they decide not to, Jason's coverage, and the coverage for up to 250,000 other Arkansans, will go away.

We think they should keep Arkansas covered. Don't you? Share this video and tell Arkansas lawmakers to #KeepARCoverage. If you have a story about how the Private Option is helping you or your family, please share it with us here.

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