Originally published on Sun July 15, 2012 6:41 am
Marcia Esters needs crowns fused to six of her bottom teeth and new dentures. But because of changes made to Medicaid in Pennsylvania, she now has to pay for it all herself.
"It's thousands of dollars' worth of work that I cannot afford," she says.
Esters also uses a wheelchair. Because she couldn't get get her teeth fixed, she has spent the last few months eating pureed food and avoiding people.
"I don't go anywhere unless I have to," she says. "If you could look or feel halfway decent, it just helps, it really does."