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Please tell us how you, your family or your community has benefited from Medicaid coverage for dental care, vision care, and transportation assistance: People need to be able to get to doctors appointments including mental health care to protect their health. This makes it easier for them to work and contribute to the community. It decreases use of emergency rooms and more costly crisis care including for mental health issues. Dental and vision care also make it easier for people to work and to avoud more expensive care later on.

Please tell us how eliminating these benefits would affect you, your family, or your community: With the elimination of benefits, more people will end up needing emergency room and crisis care. This increases expenses in the long term for everyone. This also hurts the income of rural health providers and may result in some going out of business.