A Personal Story: When I Win the Lottery – Melisa, Corinth

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Melisa is 43 and living in Corinth, Vermont. She is a single mom who qualifies for dental insurance through VHAP. Six years ago, Melisa found out she needed a root canal and crown for one of her teeth. She paid her dentist over $2,000 for this work, but a year later the tooth broke and needed to be extracted. This time she found an inexpensive dentist further away from her home who pulled the tooth for $50. He suggested to her that she get a bridge within a year and Melisa thought, “Yeah, sure, when I win the lottery.” Five years later: “I still have a hole in my mouth.” However, Melisa has found a way to make sure her teeth are cleaned regularly and cavities filled. About once a year she goes to the Red Logan Clinic in White River Junction: “Without them, I wouldn’t be able to afford it for sure.”

Illustration by Dennis Pacheco.

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