Sarah is a single mom. She helps with the family business in exchange for rent and utilities. When she applied for Medicaid, she discovered she does not qualify. She applied to the Marketplace only to find out that she also does not qualify for subsidized premiums because of her meager income. Sarah notes,
“I should qualify for Medicaid, but I don’t. I’m without affordable coverage options.”
Sarah suffers from asthma and has to use an inhaler, which costs more than she can afford. If Missouri closed the coverage gap, Sarah would be able to get the medical treatments she needs to breathe easier.