Julie, Stoddard County

Julie is a Stoddard County resident who currently lives with her son-in-law and two grandchildren because she cannot work due to her health issues. She has a dropped bladder that she needs surgery on, an overactive thyroid for which she should be taking medication, and is borderline diabetic. She is also supposed to have a check-up every 4 to 6 months because of a previous blockage in her pulmonary valve. Julie is unable to get the care she needs because she does not have health insurance. Although she used to have Medicaid, she no longer qualifies. Her children are grown, so she has no dependents. Missouri does not offer Medicaid to childless adults. If Medicaid is expanded in Missouri, Julie would be able to receive the care she so desperately needs. She hopes that by receiving care, she will one day be able to work again.