Susan, St. Louis

Susan is 48 years old and lives in St. Louis County. She has five young grandchildren and is a lifelong St. Louis resident. Susan spent most of her teenage years in foster care. Years later, she developed sleep apnea, asthma, and major depression, all chronic conditions that require consistent care and medications. She has severe respiratory problems and avoids going places in fear of getting sick. Susan applied for disability and has coverage through Missouri’s Medicaid program. Having health care is lifesaving for Susan. Without her coverage, Susan would have to ration the medications that allow her to breathe. She is grateful for Missouri’s Medicaid program, but fears that coverage might be cut. “I’m so afraid for the youth and the elderly. They’re the ones that depend on Medicaid.”