Jennifer P., St. Louis

Jennifer is a 36-year-old St. Louis resident and a church volunteer for the city. She suffers from many physical and mental ailments, and she is currently on an antibiotic treatment for bronchitis and gum disease. She has had part-time jobs, but none of them provided her with health insurance. Therefore, she bought a plan on the Marketplace even though it was too expensive for her. The insurance plan was not accepted by many doctors in her area and put a costly strain on her. After many failed attempts at getting medical care, Jennifer canceled her plan. Jennifer says, “In the past, I tested positive for cancer cells and they came back in my cervix. If they come back again, I wouldn’t know what to do.” If Missouri expanded Medicaid, Jennifer wouldn’t need to worry about the “what if” and instead focus on her professional and personal growth.