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Special Needs Patients Struggle After Elimination Of Preventative Medicaid Dental Coverage

September 30, 2019

Families of special needs patients say that Governor Dunleavy’s cuts to Medicaid leave them without coverage for preventative dental care.

“When they cut it, everything went away,” said Cathy Scott, a mother of a 30-year-old man living with special needs.

Scott’s son, David Scott, is non-verbal and lives in a care facility.

When David Scott needs dental care, he often needs to go to the hospital where he is given anesthesia because of his needs, “It’s imperative that we get dental care for him,” Cathy Scott said. “He couldn’t have a cleaning, he couldn’t have a regular check-up.”

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