A Personal Story: Fixed Income – Ellen, Lebanon

Ellen is 81 and lives in Lebanon, New Hampshire. She has a dentist that she sees regularly but has no dental insurance. She takes good care of her teeth and gets them cleaned once a year, although her dentist would like to see her every six months. Ellen’s income is fixed at just over $1,000 a month, which means she needs to watch her expenses. In the winter, Ellen finds it more difficult to get out, and the cost of heat makes her living expenses higher, so that’s why she doesn’t go more often. “I’m on oxygen all the time and I can’t walk very far.” Ellen recently had a tooth removed that had a cap on it but had decayed underneath. “I probably could have caps put on or a bridge put across where it was but it’s $1,400, so right now that’s out of the question.”

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