Casandra, a 26- year-old working mother, lives in Callaway County. She has been without health insurance since March. Despite the fact that she is employed, she does not make enough money to qualify for health insurance subsidies through the Marketplace. She makes about $8,000 a year, which is about 50% of the Federal Poverty Level for a family of two. And yet, she makes too much to qualify for Medicaid in Missouri. Although she currently does not have any pressing health concerns, she would like to be able to see a doctor when she gets minor sicknesses. She notes,
“As a mom, I have to go- always- and keep my child going too.”
She cannot get sick, because she has to pay the bills and missing work at all would jeopardize that.