Jessica, St. Louis

Jessica is a 32-year-old single mother from St. Louis. She has experienced mental and physical health problems because of the injuries she has sustained after being hit by a drunk driver. As a result of this event, Jessica had trouble finding employment. She has never had access to health care until recently when she became eligible for Medicaid, which “has made all the difference.”

Jessica recently got a job where she works approximately 30 hours per week making minimum wage. Although she is excited to able to get back to work and help better her family, she will lose her Medicaid eligibility as soon as she starts receiving paychecks from her new job. Her job does not offer affordable health insurance; therefore, she will lose all access to the health care she needs. Jessica is a perfect example of how the Medicaid gap negatively impacts so many working-class Missourians.