By BETSY TAYLOR
Toni Deluca doesn't mince words when she describes herself as "the working poor." She labors 25 to 30 hours a week cleaning rooms and assisting with banquets at a hotel in Boonville, Mo., about 25 miles west of Columbia, Mo.
In January of 2016, she got health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Deluca, a 57-year-old resident of Bunceton, Mo., a town of fewer than 400, said she hadn't tried to buy health insurance before then, figuring there was no way she could afford it. But she developed a sharp, chronic pain in her left side, and it motivated her to investigate the cost of coverage on healthcare.gov. (Missouri did not expand Medicaid under the ACA.)