L.R. previously had health insurance through her employer, when she worked as an EMT and a firefighter. This insurance covered all of L.R.’s basic healthcare needs, including dental and eye coverage. However, after losing her job, L.R. also lost her health insurance and has been unable to find affordable health coverage since. As a single adult with no children or disabilities, L.R. is ineligible for Medicaid and falls into the Medicaid gap. If Missouri expanded its Medicaid coverage, L.R. would have health insurance. Instead, the insurance plans available are too expensive, and L.R. is currently uninsured. Without health insurance, L.R. does not have the peace of mind and comfort that she previously had.
“Without health insurance, I can’t get sick.” L.R. says.