Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: I was on Medicaid a few years back. I was a single unemployed new mother and I was caring for my mother who had liver cancer. During that time, my teeth were horrible. My teeth were literally black and I was ashamed to smile or even talk. Because of the Medicaid dental coverage, I was able to go to UofL dental school and get them fixed. I even had to have an emergency surgery to remove an infected tooth. The oral surgeon said if I had gone any longer, my daughter could’ve been an orphan. Not only are my teeth no longer black, but I was about to get a job in medical billing, making more than enough to support me and my daughter on my own. No assistance and I’m contributing to the tax system that once helped me.
It would be very unfortunate that someone going through the same thing as I was, would not have the same opportunity to better their lives.

Please tell us how eliminating these benefits would affect you, your family, or your community: