Sjogren's and Dental Issues!!! Needs to be a Priority!!!!

I realize that this is in Oregon and one of the dentists that is trying to get ORAL HEALTH a priority in Oregon's Health Authority http://www.oregon.gov/OHA/Pages/index.aspx I gather much like Texas and our (DHS) Medicaid and so on, this is kind of the same thing. The HUGE ISSUE and of course I ran into this right middle of the road like a brick wall - that even though ALL of my DENTAL ISSUES were caused by an Illness SJOGREN'S - NOT ONE Dentist even took my Medicare Advantage Plan or any type of Medicare Coverage plus even if I could have went through numerous appeals, Humana probably would have not covered but about 40% of the 15,000.00 PLUS - (turns out to be over 15,000.00 due to the dentist "leaving off" the charges for the LAST 11 TEETH pulled the day my dentures went in... which was another $147.00 EACH for the 11 - making it another about $1,517.00 or so OVER the ORIGINAL "treatment plan" I agreed upon and signed before the work began. This is a total outrage!!! There is NO WAY ANYONE, and most certainly MOST ON MEDICARE OR DISABILITY can AFFORD OUT OF THEIR POCKETS $15,000.00 IN DENTAL BILLS!!! But. I had NO CHOICE!!
As I have posted over the last year when all of the mess began with my teeth suddenly "rotted" off at the gum line and then falling out! I had 4 of them within 4 months happen... well after the "whole mouth X-ray" revealed ALL of my teeth were doing the same.... So, here I am with all of these Autoimmune diseases, already a HUGE chance of infections due to the illnesses and the medications I am on... and by the way that $15,000.00 was much higher when I went for 2 other opinions!!! That was the Lowest in the ballpark figure...

Anyway, I have told myself and said it here also... WE MUST FIGHT FOR DENTAL HELP!!! When a chronic illness brings on this kind of destruction, there should be coverage through medical insurance... the proof of how the teeth "rotted" showed it was definitely Sjogren's that caused it... so there is NO question as to a medical issue causing the dental stuff...
Anyway, this article caught my eye from Oregon... and I wanted to share this with you also... this is another HUGE PRIORITY (among ALL of the others we have with Autoimmune and Autoimmune Arthritic Illnesses....

http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/03/lawmakers_should_commit_to_sta.html
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