40445
Rockcastle
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 have epilepsy and was denied disability but I am unable to work full-time. Because of this I am unable to afford out of pocket dental care. I was unable to go for a dental cleaning for about 8 years before Medicaid Expansion. When I did to go the dentist my teeth were in terrible shape. I had moderate to severe jaw pain and my gums bled frequently. I had to get several cavities filled, 4 deep cleanings, and my wisdom teeth extracted. Without dental coverage I fear my teeth would have continued to cause me problems that only got worse with time.

Please tell us how eliminating these benefits would affect you, your family, or your community: I fear I will get gum disease despite my best efforts to brush, floss, and use mouth wash twice daily. I follow the instructions from my dentist for good oral hygiene but without access to yearly cleanings I believe my efforts will be for nothing.