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Keith Lahti, an independent artist and pottery maker, works on a dish set in his home studio in Chloe. Lahti went without health insurance for five years after his insurer tried to raise his premiums to equal half his annual earnings.

Lahti was able to enroll in Medicaid, after West Virginia’s expansion of that program, and then transition into Medicare coverage.

CHLOE, W.Va. — Almost 45 years ago, Keith Lahti stepped out of a car and took his first steps in West Virginia, on the Clay County property that would become his home.Lahti, who grew up in Detroit, and some friends were on their way to Tennessee when they stopped to visit another friend in Chloe, on the Clay-Calhoun border, and Lahti set his eyes on the farm that would become his. His move to West Virginia was a lot like his foray into pottery — …
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