October 18, 2012
Rogelio Solis photo

In this Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 photo, Wilna Alexander, 54, a part-time cook for a Jackson, Miss., community services operation and one of an estimated 476,000 uninsured Mississippians. Alexander said she was on Medicaid, but lost the coverage more than two years ago when she began working. She says she has to be very sick before going to the emergency room at the hospital.

Rogelio Solis photo

In this Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 photo, Wilna Alexander, 54, a part-time cook for a Jackson, Miss., community services operation and one of an estimated 476,000 uninsured Mississippians, cleans up after preparing the batter for a baked dessert for a pre-school center and a senior citizens meal program. Alexander said she was on Medicaid, but lost the coverage more than two years ago when she began working.