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Kansas Stories: Sierra

Sierra Shore is from Larned. She works part-time as a CNA but she is uninsured. She tried to get insurance through Medicaid, but as a single adult with no children, she doesn’t meet the requirements. When she found out she didn’t qualify, Sierra felt a lot of stress. Sierra suffers from Factor 5, a condition […]

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Kansas Stories Podcast: Shannon Spear

Shannon Spear, McPherson, has spent most of her adult life uninsured. It has impacted her in a number of harmful ways. Getting appointments with a doctor was difficult—and when she could get them, they cost her well over $100 each time. Without access to affordable care, her asthma went untreated, which affected her ability to […]

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Kansas Stories Podcast: Risse Zimmerman

This podcast from the Alliance for A Healthy Kansas covers Risse Zimmerman and the struggles she faced within the coverage gap in Kansas. Zimmerman retells her experience with multiple health conditions that affected her and her family for months. She discusses the financial burden of not qualifying for KanCare and explains the repeated disqualifications she […]

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Kansas Stories: Jessica

“I feel like every time we look at health care costs for me, it’s almost as much as our rent check and that’s not right.” Jessica is from Lawrence. She married her husband about three years ago, and they have a 2-year-old daughter together. Currently, she has no health insurance. Jessica suffers from depression and […]

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Kansas Stories: Risse Zimmerman

“You need to take care of your people in the gap. I think there needs to be something for them that they can afford. I mean that’s your middle class workers. Those are your single moms that are working their butt off trying to stay out of the system to take care of their families, […]

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Kansas Stories: Sarina LeMay-Smith

Late last year, Sarina was laid off from her job at Via Christi Ascension in Wichita, which meant that her family lost their health insurance coverage. Thoughts about what could happen, both physically and financially, crossed her mind as a mother of six and someone with rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Her immunosuppressant medication cost several […]

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Kansas Stories: Amy Houston

Amy Houston of Mulvane is a small-business owner and mother of four who is in the coverage gap. She loves living in Kansas, but fears she might have to move out of state because of her need for health insurance. Amy was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2009 and began her treatments the following year. […]

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