AKRON, Ohio - Jessica Norwood hasn't let disabilities take away her ability to live a full, productive life.
Norwood, 28, of Stow, Ohio, has severe breathing problems, visual perception processing issues and mild hearing loss in one ear as a result of being born four months premature.
She relies on a personal aide she receives through the state-run Medicaid program to drive her places, tend to her home and help her complete her studies at Kent State University.
She also works full time as an office aide at two early childhood development centers affiliated with the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board.
Without the help she gets from Medicaid, she said, "I wouldn't be able to live independently on my own."