A Personal Story: All the Rest is Covered – Monica, Woodstock

I am a 57-year-old woman living in Vermont who had no dental work done for several years because I made sure my family was taken care of before myself. And when my husband passed away, I absolutely could not afford any dental care. It is very detrimental to my health. I have had severe infections and always been in the situation where I finally went to the dentist because there was nothing else that could be done. I was given antibiotics, which usually didn’t even help. I waited so long it was beyond what could be handled.

I was told several times that I could go in for a root canal and be able to make payments on it. I’d get halfway through and they would say: oh no we can’t take payments. It is a very sad situation. [Dental care] is very important to one’s health – one’s heart health – especially for a woman. It’s unfair and unconscionable that for myself – someone who is on state Medicaid – [dental care] is not included in my Medicaid bill. So I can go in and get all the rest of my body parts taken care of and looked at and yet the infections raging in my teeth have no importance whatsoever. I find that in this day and age it is ignorant to be holding people accountable for their health when you won’t cover the most integral parts that need to be checked.

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