Unable to get regular dental care under Medicaid, people suffer in hidden ways from a highly visible problem. “I was always being asked if I was on drugs,” says Wisconsin resident Morgan Ernest, reflecting on all that her bad teeth put her through.
Free clinics in the Badger state are providing more ob-gyn services and counseling on insurance coverage. A High Court ruling could also bring an avalanche of new demand. “We have to be ready, no matter what,” says one administrator.
Gov. Scott Walker’s promise to refuse Medicaid expansion in the state is creating sets of insurance have-nots in Wisconsin. See how women with children in low-income families could be stranded while the rest of their family gets covered.