Julie is a busy, hardworking grandma with six grandchildren. Both Julie and her husband have been uninsured for three years. Julie suffers from migraines and high blood pressure but is unable to afford the medications she needs. Her husband has been very sick and has a family history of cancer, but they cannot afford to see a doctor for a diagnosis.
Julie works at Hardee’s and is offered health insurance through her employer. However, it would take the majority of her paycheck, and she already struggles to pay rent. She tried signing up for the ACA several years ago, but could not afford the plans offered. Both Julie and her husband find themselves forgotten in Missouri’s Medicaid Coverage Gap. They do not qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford insurance through the Marketplace or their employers. Julie and her husband find themselves without resources or help at a time when they need it most.