Teresa, Jasper County

Teresa is 62 and is a caregiver for her husband, who is disabled. Although Teresa currently has health insurance, her coverage was dropped temporarily due to a clerical error by the Marketplace. This delayed medical treatment. However, if Missouri would have expanded Medicaid, Teresa would have received the prompt medical attention that she needed. Although Teresa was able to resolve the dispute with her insurance, she worries about the future. She believes that she cannot afford health insurance next year, because the price will go up, and it will be too expensive for her limited retirement income. Teresa spends her days taking care of her husband and her grandchildren, but she will not have a way to take care of her own medical needs—unless Missouri expands Medicaid.