Jennifer D., St. Louis County

Jennifer works part-time at a community college as an educational assistant. She struggles with diabetes but her employer will not give her enough hours to qualify for benefits. Although she looked on the Marketplace for coverage during the Open Enrollment period, all the plans were too expensive. Jennifer’s diabetes would be under much better control with insulin, but because she is uninsured she has few options to obtain it.

Jennifer has two kids who are covered through the state. Still, she has considered moving the family elsewhere just to get access to health care so she can continue to provide for and take care of her kids. Jennifer says, “I’ve actually looked into moving to another state just to get better access to care because it’s terrible not having health care when you have a medical condition.”