Karen is in her 50’s and lives in Jefferson County. A few years ago, she found out that she had liver cancer. She was treated at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and was able to receive a liver transplant. However, the extensive medicine she must take post-surgery is very expensive and has drained her income. Karen is still under the care of the transplant team at Barnes until this February, at which time Karen says she will be “cut loose.”
“It’s something I’ll have to take the rest of my life.” Karen does not qualify for Medicaid and cannot afford all of the costs of her medication. Since her transplant, Karen constantly worries what her health will look like in the future and if she will continue to get care.