Deb is 44 years old and lives in St. Louis County. She worked as a legal assistant for 15 years. During that time, she got treatment for migraines. When she left her job, she found that every insurance company turned her down because of that pre-existing condition. The only exception was a catastrophic, high-deductible policy, which she bought. But, when she got in a car accident, she found that the coverage was “worthless.” Her shattered leg bone will not produce red blood cells anymore, so Deb has anemia and needs IV treatments. Without treatment for anemia, Deb’s fatigue keeps her from working more than a few hours a week.
Deb would qualify for Medicaid if childless adults with extremely low incomes were eligible. Without Medicaid, Deb is unable to work and continues to go without needed medical treatment.
“I want to work, and if I could get treatment, I could work. But, I can’t qualify for Medicaid because I don’t have any kids. So, I can’t get treatment. People tell me I should get Disability. I don’t want to admit that I’m disabled. But, if I can’t get treatment, what choice do I have?”