Peggy, Laclede County

Peggy is a 53-year-old mother of two. Her oldest daughter, Tasha, is a 26-year-old college graduate and cancer survivor who lives in Laclede County. At age 13, Tasha was diagnosed with lymphoma. Medicaid gave her access to life-saving treatment. “If it weren’t for Medicaid,” Peggy notes, “we would have been bankrupt.” Tasha currently has a Marketplace plan, but she is unable to get the routine follow-up screenings that should be part of her long-term lymphoma treatment, because her deductibles are too high. She needs affordable coverage. Some people have suggested that she go on disability, but she wants to use her college degree and work.