Jackie, Springfield

Jackie was born with neurological damage. She graduated from college and found fulfilling work as a caregiver for people with disabilities. Her conditions make full-time work nearly impossible, but she is able to work part time for minimum wage. She earned $7,000 last year, but one trip to the hospital cost over $1,000, even after charitable write-offs. As a single woman without children, Jackie is uninsured because she is not eligible for Medicaid. Jackie struggles to get the medications and health care she needs.

Jackie has decided to move in with family in Minnesota, where Medicaid has already been expanded. She will be able to get the health coverage and care she needs. When Jackie is able to better manage her health, she will be able to work more and support herself more independently.