Ashley, St. Charles County

Ashley is a 27-year-old baking and pastry student, studying to pursue her dream of becoming a pastry chef. Although she has been looking for a part-time job that works with her class schedule, she knows she likely will not qualify for health insurance benefits as a part-time worker. Without a job and with no children, Ashley makes too little to qualify for subsidies to buy insurance through the Marketplace and too much money to qualify for Medicaid coverage, placing her in the Medicaid gap and leaving her without access to health care. This worries Ashley very much because cancer runs in her family; her mother was diagnosed with cancer at 27 and her dad was diagnosed with lymphoma at 44, making preventive screenings very important for maintaining Ashley’s health. She worries that without coverage, she will not be able to access or afford potentially life-saving preventive services and screenings.