Gordon, Jasper County

When Gordon moved to Missouri and discovered that Missouri had not expanded Medicaid like his previous home state of New Mexico, he was forced to purchase a Marketplace Bronze plan. “I had the Bronze plan with the $6,500 deductible for the year 2015. When I got the new plan from Coventry this year, the rate tripled for the same coverage.” Anyone making less than $50,000 per year automatically had full coverage under New Mexico’s state plan. There was only a $20 copay for office visits and no deductible. Gordon is a minister in Joplin. He took a large pay cut to come to Missouri. Now, he finds himself without any way to access quality, affordable health care. Gordon says,

“All I can afford to pay is the penalty.”