Great idea: This Catherine St. Louis story from The New York Times makes you wonder why no one ever did this before.
“Finding affordable dental services can be daunting for aging parents and a headache for family members coordinating their care. Retirees, after all, often lose dental insurance after leaving the workplace, and Medicare does not cover cleanings, fillings or dentures. Dental coverage for adults on Medicaid varies broadly, depending on the state.
“A new Web site, Toothwisdom.org, aims to make it easier for older adults and their caregivers to find low-cost dental care nationwide by raising awareness of the patchwork quilt of available services. The site’s state-by-state map lays out a wide variety of options, from Connecticut agencies that make dental referrals to community dental clinics in Washington State.
“Transportation resources are listed for 18 states, so rides can be scheduled weeks or days before appointments.” Catherine St. Lous, A Guide to Affordable Dental Care,” The New York Times, Oct. 8, 2013.