Crystal is 50 years old and lives in Marion County with her son. She has a rare health condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, which causes lots of pain throughout her body. Her condition has left her unable to find a good job or get health insurance. Without health insurance, she is not able to access the care she desperately needs.
Without a steady income, Crystal cannot buy insurance through the Marketplace, and she has been denied Medicaid three times due to the rareness of her illness. Crystal would qualify if Missouri expanded Medicaid. She says, “if I could get Medicaid then I could get some treatment. If I had any coverage, I could be employed.”