Rodney, Joplin

Rodney is a 54-year-old man from Joplin who falls into the Medicaid coverage gap. His wife is on dialysis and needs daily care, which Rodney provides. Unfortunately, Rodney does not currently work because of some recurring mental health issues that limit his ability to hold a job. Recently, he has had severe anxiety and manic depression but is unable to get the care and medicine he needs, which only hurts his ability to work. A few months ago he came down with a severe upper-respiratory virus that he ignored for quite some time until it became too debilitating. He was turned down by outpatient providers and refused to go to the ER because he didn’t want to cost the tax-payers money. Rodney believes that if he had accessible health care he would be able to properly treat his symptoms and hold onto a decent job.