A Personal Story: Medicaid Doesn’t Cover It – Robby, Fairlee

25-year-old Robby carries a lot of responsibility on her young shoulders; as a mom to four children, she has a lot of small mouths to worry about. Her children are eligible to receive dental care through Vermont’s Dr. Dynasaur program, and Robby knows that teeth are important. But she says that it’s tough to find a dentist who will take Dr. Dynasaur, and when you do, they usually schedule far out in advance. “With so many kids,” she says, “schedules change, someone’s always sick or something – it’s very hard to plan so far in advance.” Robby herself spent 6 months trying to find a provider who would take her Medicaid and then another 2 months waiting for an appointment before finally seeing a dentist this spring. She found out at that appointment that she needs 8 teeth pulled and 3-4 fillings. But because her Medicaid covers less than $500 a year in dental services, what she was able to get was one filling and one cleaning – that was it for the year. With so many expenses, Robby has no other funds to spare for her own teeth; the rest of her substantial dental needs just have to wait.

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