A Personal Story: Dental Health a Luxury? – Milena, Woodstock

Milena lives in Woodstock, Vermont. This is her story:

I spent over 5 years working for a small non-profit organization that offered its employees a range of benefits, including access to medical and dental insurance. The organization’s policy was to pay 50% of health insurance coverage for all employees, but if you wanted to opt-in to the dental insurance you were on your own; as a small organization, they just couldn’t afford the cost. The smart, prudent thing to do would have been to get myself dental insurance – but there was absolutely no way I could afford it. I would have practically had no paycheck left; it would have been a real luxury. It’s not a dramatic story, but I think it’s an important one; I just don’t think that a safety net ensuring your dental health should ever be a luxury.

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