Problem:

Ms. B has oral cancer and needs radiation therapy to treat it. Her teeth are not healthy, and her doctor wants take them out because they may become infected during the treatments. Her doctor told her she would need dentures before her radiation treatments so she could eat and maintain her health. Medicare covered the cost of removing her teeth but denied her coverage for her dentures. Ms. B could not afford to pay for them herself.

What To Do:

Ms. B called her State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), and a caseworker told her that Medicare covers very little dental care and never covers dentures. The caseworker screened Ms. B for Medicaid, which typically covers more dental care than Medicare. Ms. B is over the income limit for Medicaid in her state. Then, the caseworker helped Ms. B find a dental assistance program in her area.

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