A Personal Story: Stranded from Care – Alicia, South Royalton

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Alicia is a young mother and has Vermont Medicaid for health insurance. She has lost two different dentists because they went out of business without referring her to someone else: “I was just kind of left stranded.” She currently has no dentist, and it’s been four or five years since she has seen somebody. She has a broken tooth that needs either a root canal or extraction, “I can’t swish cold or hot water around in my mouth because it hurts so bad.” Alicia has tried to find another dentist, but always seems to get put on a waiting list: “I think I’ve been on, like, four in the upper valley and I still haven’t heard back . . . It’s irritating and it’s frustrating and it feels like you don’t matter, so why should I keep trying? . . . I just don’t know who to go to anymore.”

Illustration by Dennis Pacheco.

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