Mason, Columbia

Mason is a 33-year-old from Columbia who works part-time at Starbucks and has their own business. At the age of 18, they were diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which is an illness that doesn’t go away and requires medication to manage its symptoms. Five years ago, Mason quit their job to go back to school thus causing them to lose their employer-sponsored health insurance. They looked for a plan on the Marketplace but couldn’t afford any of them. Mason also did not qualify for Medicaid in Missouri, putting them in the coverage gap. Luckily, they were able to find resources in Columbia that allowed them to purchase their medication on a sliding scale. Health is a necessary component of being a functioning human being, which is why Mason believes that

“health care should be accessible for all people.”

Today, Mason is covered under Starbucks’ employer-sponsored health insurance and is finally able to receive the care they need.