Kansas City Regional Health News

Subscribe rss

Single mom in KCMO seeks benefit of preventive care

By Mike Sherry for KHI News Service, Jan. 14, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jeanette Pettijohn is studying to be a special education teacher.

The 32-year-old Kansas City, Mo. woman attends classes at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley.

A divorced mother of four young children, she has a work-study job on campus that pays about $6,500 a year, which is still too much for her to qualify for Medicaid in Missouri, though the program covers her children.

She also is far below the earnings threshold ($23,550 for a family of four) that would qualify her for subsidized health insurance in the marketplace established by the federal health reform law.

Pettijohn said the last time she had employer-based insurance was in 2001 when she worked in collections for a bank. Medicaid covered her during her pregnancies and for a little while after each, but the last time she had that benefit was more than a year ago.

Pettijohn said she understands the value of preventive care and that’s one reason Medicaid coverage would be important to her, if she could qualify for it.

“Nobody wants to pay $100, $150 dollars to go see a doctor when they are not sick,” she said, “but then you have to think, ‘What happens if I don’t see the doctor and there really is something wrong and I could’ve prevented it?’”

She said there is history of breast and ovarian cancer in her family and would like to be able to get checked for signs. She said she also has serious dental problems but is unsure if she suffers chronic conditions such as high blood pressure.

She said she worries a lot about what would happen to her kids if she died from something that doctors could have caught early or prevented.

About six years ago, Pettijohn said, she miscarried at 16 weeks. She did not have insurance and she was waiting in a hospital emergency room when it happened.

Politicians that oppose expanding Medicaid must not know what it’s like to be poor, she said.

“I really think that maybe they don’t know what we go through because they don’t have to save and earn and whatever to buy a gallon of milk,” she said.

Pettijohn is among the thousands of people in Missouri and Kansas who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid coverage but don’t make enough to qualify for federal subsidies through the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace.

“I’m dealing with it,” Pettijohn said. “What are you supposed to do? Just sit around and wait for them to do something. No, you move on.”

Stories in this package

Kansas hospitals leading new push for Medicaid expansion
Profiles of the coverage gap: Kathleen Christian
MO Medicaid expansion advocates hope summer work yields compromise
KS Senate president says Medicaid expansion unlikely to gain approval this session

This special news series covering Medicaid expansion originally appeared Jan. 6, 2014, on Kansas Health Institute's website.


M88 Numerous countries have totally accepted bingo.
They are the exact nations arouynd the world hat colntain designed a big
financial industry through betting. Then further countries that contain banned it and possess had a lot of00
court close to that. That's where lots of people knowledge M88 Vietnam has decreased.
They find not used opportunity inside m88 gambling online fully
but still have lost money options on account of it outt moment.
Some individuals may feel as iif that is a m88 really great thing, nevertheless from an economic view it
could be a weak matter

The main arguments against gambling online entail thhe particular issue of
integrated often the squad. Since it is very simple that will place money shared
you don't would ike to wtong person getting
onto m88 the personal computewr and putting income
around. They are able to easily wast materials their own as werll as another person's life enough
cash using thhe simply click of yyour sensitive mouse button. Just for this specific objective it is necessary for just about any country to
hav regulations plus safe officers against minors getting on top of those m88 online
gambling internet sites. They just simply don't have of the
life emotions that arre eszsential to face the
ideal decisions with these varieties of factors

Gals stres about mentally differenntly abled folks joining most of these on the internet m88 casinos.
Often they can n't have the wisdom necessary to take
plezsure in gambling and mayy enter problems. This ccan be dangerous
and also precautions should bee obvtained each time a country
acadamies m88 online gmbling towards this

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options

Enter IMPORTANT to deliver your message more quickly.

Health News


  • St. Louis Post Dispatch, October 5, 2014
  • FOX 4 News, September 22, 2014
  • Kaiser Health News, September 23, 2014