For low-income Pennsylvanians, dental care can be a nightmare

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At the kitchen table Summer Mills goes over documents accumulated in the past months while dealing with dental issues, on April 12, 2019. (Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY)

At the kitchen table Summer Mills goes over documents accumulated in the past months while dealing with dental issues, on April 12, 2019. (Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY)

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Philadelphia social worker Summer Mills is one of the 1.2 million Medicaid patients in Pennsylvania left with bare bones dental coverage after recent budget cuts. WHYY’s Dana Bate explains why Summer’s recent saga to deal with a sore tooth reveals major gaps in the system.

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