Steve, St. Louis

Steve is a 26-year old, full-time college student at St. Louis Community College (STLCC) working towards his associate’s degree in Business Administration. He is employed by STLCC as a student worker in the Student Lounge; however, he makes very little money and relies heavily on student loans to live and go to school. Since Steve does not have children or a disability, he cannot qualify for Medicaid in Missouri. He also makes too little as a student worker and cannot receive subsidies to help with costs on the Health Insurance Marketplace. Although Steve is currently in good health, he has not seen a doctor in a few years and is worried that he could get sick or into an accident and be faced with serious medical bills. It is Steve’s belief that having health insurance is fundamentally important for every individual and that health care is an investment in America’s future similar to that of education.