A Personal Story: Vet not Set – Michael, Wilder

Michael is homeless; these days, he lives in a tent in Wilder, Vermont. He’s a veteran; he receives medical care through the VA, and also has Medicaid. “People think that if you’ve got Medicare and Medicaid, you must be all set with your teeth,” he told me recently. “But it’s just not true.” Accessing affordable dental treatment is not an immediately critical need for him; so far, he’s been pretty lucky with his teeth. But he says it’s only a matter of time, and he’s worried about what he’s going to do when he needs significant dental care. “It’s just another thing to worry about,” he says. “I really wish it wasn’t.”

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