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Specialty dental care remains out of reach for many poor Illinois children

from Chicago Tribune

A smile revealing rows of healthy white teeth spreads across 8-year-old Maria McCarthy's face. Confident and poised, the Skokie, Ill., girl smiles easily. But five years ago, when she arrived as a foster child at the home of Michael and Ana McCarthy, her baby teeth were practically rotting out of her mouth. As one of roughly 1.6 million children in Illinois covered by Medicaid, Maria waited for months, teeth aching, to undergo surgery. She might have waited longer had a pediatric dentist in Buffalo Grove not agreed to waive thousands of dollars in fees to treat her. more


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