Jamie, St. Louis

Jamie is a college senior who was uninsured for a few months after her college canceled their insurance plan. The college told Jamie and other students that they had to find their own insurance. Jamie …

John & Fran, Springfield

John and Fran and are in their fifties and thinking about retirement. They know that without the ACA, they would likely be bankrupt. John has a master’s degree, is a musician and teaches at all …

G.M., St. Louis

G.M. is a retired artist and teacher living in St. Louis. She was diabetic for 31 years, and after going through a divorce she lost her health insurance. Following this event, G.M. received a kidney …

G.A., Blue Springs

G.A. is a 61-year-old, self-employed man from Jackson County. Despite a shoulder surgery and knee replacement, he continued working to support his family. However, he could not afford to buy insurance on his minimal salary …

LaDonna & Tom, St. Louis County

When Tom, a self-employed attorney, and his wife LaDonna got pregnant, their insurance company raised their rates by $1,000 a month. The company defined pregnancy as a pre-existing condition. The price increase made the insurance …

Mary, Raytown

Mary is a single mother and self-employed. Beginning in 2012, Mary began having serious stomach pains. Because she was uninsured, she sought help at a local clinic. Over the course of the next 18 months, …

Virgil, Pineville

Virgil and his wife Mireya live in Pineville, MO, near Joplin. Virgil worked 45 years as a heavy machinery mechanic. Unfortunately, he was infected with cellulitis, which caused his legs to swell severely. Virgil had …

Will, Webster Groves

Will is a 61-year-old from Webster Groves who has his “dream job,” combining librarianship, Yiddish music performance, writing, and teaching. He recently spent two years cataloging rare books from the 16th-19th centuries. He loves what he …

John, Kansas City

John is self-employed and owns and publishes a magazine in Kansas City. He has been unable to find and keep affordable health insurance due to preexisting conditions such as high blood pressure and gout, despite …

Janet and Stacy, West Plains

Janet and Stacy moved to West Plains 15 years ago, where they create artwork that they sell at art fairs across the country in addition to raising animals. The recession hurt their income so badly …