Autumn is a Springfield resident with a seven year old daughter that was dropped from Medicaid unexpectedly. Her daughter suffers from severe migraines which require frequent visits to doctor’s offices. Autumn has taken her daughter to an allergist, cardiologist and a neurologist and they have still not discovered the root of her migraines. The stress of her daughter’s ailment was significantly alleviated by Medicaid until her daughter was suddenly dropped from the program. When Autumn inquired, she was told that she had not turned in her Medicaid renewal paperwork in time which she knew to be false information.
After two weeks of fighting, Autumn was able to re-enroll her daughter on Medicaid. While relieved that her daughter is now covered again, she herself remains uninsured. Autumn was previously on Medicaid but was kicked off for making too much money from her part time job. She applied for marketplace insurance but could not afford the steep cost of $600 per month. Autumn has been uninsured for about three years now and has a list of treatments and care she would love to receive if only she had access. If she had care, Autumn would seek out birth control options for herself, maintain regular visits for her dental and vision care and check on her heart health as her family has a genetic condition she is worried about. Autumn’s family lives on $8,000 per year and she is frustrated that legislators expect people like her to afford healthcare coverage costs on their own with this income. As she states, “I’d love to see legislators live off what we make. If they had to live off of my incomes, I guarantee the laws would look different”. She goes on to say, “there are all these random qualifications to get help. We just can’t do it. They’re punishing us even though we are trying. Rent alone takes all my money and I still have to eat and feed my kid. These policies restricting Medicaid and kicking people off is pushing us deeper into poverty”.