KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missourians on Medicaid haven’t had dental coverage since 2005. Now the legislature appears ready to fill that cavity.
Dabbie Johnson has no teeth. Sixteen badly decayed ones were pulled in recent months at Seton Center’s dental clinic.
“It affects everything — getting a job, the way people judge you,” said the 35-year-old Kansas City woman.
She believes some teeth would have been saved if she’d had dental coverage under Medicaid. It was eliminated by Missouri lawmakers in 2005.
“I suffered. I suffered a lot because there was only the emergency room and, you know, after a while the emergency room got tired of seeing me because I didn’t make it to dental ’cause I didn’t have the money to afford it,” said Johnson.