M.P., Taney County

M.P.’s job doesn’t offer insurance. She makes around $650 a month, too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to receive subsidies on the Marketplace. When complications occurred with her pregnancy, M.P. was covered through Medicaid, but her coverage will soon end 60 days after she gives birth. She’ll go back to being uninsured, unable to treat her fibromyalgia because the medicine is too expensive, and living in fear that a medical emergency will drown her in debt. She already has over $5,000 in hospital debt after suffering from an ovarian cyst that needed treatment. Despite this, M.P. knows others struggling with similar problems or even worse off than her.

When her son’s Medicaid coverage recently was dropped without notice, M.P. was worried that she’d have to pay out-of-pocket if he got sick. “Obviously as a mom, it’s a horrid feeling knowing that your child doesn’t have health insurance and you can’t get them health insurance,” M.P. said. “As bad off as we have it, we’re still some of the lucky ones. There are people in worse situations than we are. It’s not fair for families who are just trying to make it by that they have to decide if they’re going to pay their bills or get the medication they need.”