Jerry, Jackson County

For fourteen years, Jerry and his family were without health insurance. He was constantly worried about what would happen if someone were to get sick. When the Affordable Care Act passed, Jerry thought he might finally be able to get insurance through the Marketplace. Unfortunately, he did not make enough money to qualify for subsidies. He also found that he made too much money to qualify for Medicaid. Despite this frustrating reality, he continued to own and operate his small business, hoping that one day he would make enough money to be able to afford health insurance. Recently, Jerry’s wife who had been ill became healthy enough to get a job. With her additional income, they were able to afford a Marketplace plan for the whole family. Jerry is happy and relieved to have coverage for his family, but he says, “I feel guilty that there are so many that are not fortunate enough to make the minimum threshold, and they’re left behind.”