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Jefferson
Story

Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: I recently found out through a routine eye exam that I am at high risk for glocoma, and without the ability to monitor its progression I could lose my vision. It requires a special test each year that is expensive. I was also told last week June 30th that I needed oral surgery to remove wisdom teeth. I am serious risk of infection and tooth loss. I am in my 40Ís and the longer I wait the worse it gets.

Please tell us how eliminating these benefits would affect you, your family, or your community: Basically I will get sick without my preventive care. I work 30 hrs a week and I have a college degree but cannot find full time work with benefits in my field as of yet. I was able to go back to school and further my education because I was eligible for Medicaid. I look every day for something better but in the meantime I need my benefits. Dental health is directly linked to good overall health and it is shameful that this governor just doesnÍt care about the most vulnerable people in his state. I do my best to stay healthy but without vision and dental insurance it just wonÍt matter what I do. I am ashamed of this administration.