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Stories From Our 2020 Report

Medicina & Medicare

EL PASO – Maria Luisa Hernandez, 66, ha vivido en la frontera entre Texas y México confiando en remedios caseros y medicamentos mexicanos. Los gastos caros y papeleo extenso del seguro de salud estadounidense la desalentaba de tener cobertura hasta que se retiró por razones médicas y más tarde calificó para Medicare. Read the Transcript
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New Pathways to Success

LUBBOCK — Brandi Miller, 30, was months away from graduating when the for-profit college she was attending suddenly closed with two days’ notice. Left with frustration, student debt, and a partially completed degree, she was encouraged to continue pursuing a postsecondary education by a local nonprofit and now has her sights set on a Master’s. Read the Transcript

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Love Your Neighbor

DALLAS — Serena Smuckers, 59, lives on a fixed income and struggles with finding affordable housing due to rising apartment costs. In pinching pennies, she became a full-time caregiver for a medically fragile stranger she found online in exchange for a roof over her head. Read the Transcript

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Teaching the Teachers

AUSTIN — Dawn Leach has devoted decades toward teaching the next generation of child care providers at Austin Community College. She knows the growing challenges child care providers face, and how access to adequate, affordable child care factors into students’ academic success and workforce opportunities. Read the Transcript

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