Death in Dallas: One Family’s Experience in the Medicaid Gap

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Kaiser Health News

For years, Millicent McKinnon of Dallas went without health insurance. She was one of roughly 1 million Texans who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid in the state but too little to buy their own insurance. That is, until she died in 2019. She was 64 and had been unable to find consistent care for her breast cancer. Lorraine Birabil, McKinnon’s daughter-in-law, said she is still grieving that loss. “She was such a vibrant woman,” she said. “Just always full of energy and joy.” Health insurance for roughly 2.2 million Americans is on the table as Congress considers a spending bill that could …

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