J.K., St. Louis

J.K. is a mother who immigrated to the United States ten years ago from Sierra Leone. Although she lives in Missouri now, she previously lived in Tennessee, where she and her young children received health care through Medicaid. When her family moved to Missouri, she was unable to get health insurance, because she fell into the gap. She made too much money to qualify for Medicaid in Missouri yet did not make enough be qualify for a Marketplace plan. J.K. is now unable to see doctors about her painful teeth and mouth problems. She says,

“Medicaid would be nice to have just in case I get sick and need it.”