A Personal Story: Kids Ok, What About Mom? – Lyza, White River Junction

Lyza, 27 years old with 4 kids, lives in White River Junction, Vermont, and she does not have a dentist that she sees regularly. The last time she was at the dentist was about eight months ago. At the time she had three teeth she needed to have pulled, and she used her annual allotment of money from Medicaid for that. Unfortunately, Lyza has significant work she still needs done: “I’ve got two front teeth that are broken and kind of chipping away.” Since it’s a new year, Lyza has money from Medicaid she can use for dental work, “But now trying to find a dentist that doesn’t just want to pull them out on me is a different story…. I asked [my dentist] if he could repair them, because they were just starting to get bad, but not as bad as they are now, and he didn’t really give me an answer…. He was just interested in yanking them out.”

Lyza’s kids have all been able to see the dentist and have their dental work completely covered by Medicaid. Even her six year old, who had extensive work he needed done at the hospital, was completely covered. “It’s just basically trying to find a dentist for myself that’s ridiculous. Because of my age, they won’t take me. And if it’s not my age, it’s my Medicaid.”

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