Gerry and his wife have been uninsured for over 14 years. Their pre-existing conditions forced them to stop working or choose less physically demanding jobs which significantly decreased their income. Gerry is now self-employed and his wife recently got a job that allowed them to afford health insurance. After receiving insurance, Gerry started going to the doctor and discovered earlier this year that he has cancer that has been neglected. He is currently in the process to find out if it’s too late for him to receive treatment for his cancer. He will be eligible for Medicare starting in June and is waiting to receive a procedure until then because the deductible on his current insurance plan is so high. If Missouri had expanded Medicaid, Gerry could have been able to go to the doctor, detected his cancer sooner, and started treatment earlier.
“I tell you [my story] not because anything can be done now for me, but there are many that are working Americans like our family that have been going year after year without insurance.”