Nursing students among those stuck in health care coverage gap

With the Missouri Legislature turning down Medicaid expansion three years in a row, nursing students who work part-time and don’t have health insurance through their parents may fall into the so-called coverage gap. That is, their incomes are too high for them to qualify for coverage under Medicaid in Missouri, but they don’t make enough for income-based subsidies to help them buy insurance on Healthcare.gov.

After two years without Medicaid expansion in Missouri, an estimated 90,000 residents in the St. Louis region are still uninsured, and many of them fall into the coverage gap.

Since nursing schools frequently require, or highly recommend, that students enroll in health insurance before participating in clinical work, many nursing students this season might be uninsured.

Read more from St. Louis Public Radio


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