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Welfare recipients given gift cards as incentive to do to dentist
CBS News Harrisburg ^ | 01/30/2014 | Chris Papst

Posted on 02/15/2014 1:04:06 PM PST by Kid Shelleen

Imagine going to the dentist for a free regular checkup, and getting a free $25 gift card in return. It’s happening right here in Pennsylvania, and taxpayers are paying for all of it. Every year, Pennsylvania spends $20 billion to provide medical care to low-income and disabled residents. But one of the biggest problems the state has is getting people to use those medical services for preventative care. Now a new program designed to address that problem has some people outraged. "I am upset." Michelle Tonkin is seeing red thanks to a Walmart gift card, which she recently got in the mail. “I thought it was a joke at first. I really, really did,” explained Tonkin. Tonkin’s daughter, Molly, has an intellectual disability. For the last 20 years, she’s been on Gateway, a form of Medicaid.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: dentalcoverage; gateway; giftcards; medicaid; penna; pennsylvania; welfare

1 posted on 02/15/2014 1:04:06 PM PST by Kid Shelleen
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To: Kid Shelleen; Albion Wilde; Tribune7; TAdams8591; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; wireman; Mr. Binnacle; ...
**** Philly Metro Ping ****



2 posted on 02/15/2014 1:05:50 PM PST by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Do what to the dentist?


3 posted on 02/15/2014 1:09:45 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Why not gift certificates to a tattoo parlor?


4 posted on 02/15/2014 1:11:15 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: icwhatudo

Clean his teeth?

“Let’s do it to them before they do it to us!”


5 posted on 02/15/2014 1:12:20 PM PST by Tax-chick (The future is not going to take us seriously.)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Can’t buy a gold grill for no $25


6 posted on 02/15/2014 1:13:31 PM PST by digger48
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To: Kid Shelleen

Obama’s “Coup d’etat” is long over. All he is doing now is cleaning up the loose ends to insure the dictatorship for generations to come. When LBJ signed the law implementing the “War on Poverty” he rightly declared(privately) ,”We have locked up the Black vote (he used the more common term of the day) for the next 50 years”. He underestimated himself.


7 posted on 02/15/2014 1:17:31 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Kid Shelleen

So giving people free stuff isn’t enough? Pennsylvania is going to bribe them to use free services?

They really should just cut out the middle man, and give people debit cards that are tied to a responsible person’s savings account. The responsible person can pile the savings up, and the irresponsible person can drain it away.


8 posted on 02/15/2014 1:19:26 PM PST by TheGipperWasRight
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To: icwhatudo
Welfare recipients given gift cards as incentive to do to dentist

I think I understand..?

9 posted on 02/15/2014 1:20:31 PM PST by Las Vegas Dave (The democRATic party preys on the ignorant..!)
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To: Kid Shelleen

They’re kind of behind the times. In L.A. medical dental mills have been providing free transportation and financial incentives for decades. Most of the parents won’t bring in their kids for a service that’s “only” free.


10 posted on 02/15/2014 1:23:25 PM PST by ArmstedFragg (Hoaxey Dopey Changey)
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To: ArmstedFragg

MediCal


11 posted on 02/15/2014 1:25:12 PM PST by ArmstedFragg (Hoaxey Dopey Changey)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
Why not gift certificates to a tattoo parlor?

"The cards are issued per person. So, if a family of five all go to the dentist, that family will get $125 to spend at Walmart – with no restrictions – courtesy of the taxpayer."

How much Colt 45 or Mad Dog 20/20 can they buy for $125 ???


12 posted on 02/15/2014 1:25:39 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Show me the man, and I'll show you the crime." - Lavrentiy Beria (& Eric Holder))
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To: Kid Shelleen

Why not pay people to take a shower too? Or to put clothes on when they go out of the house every day? Or every day that goes by that you don’t rape or murder someone, let’s give them a $25 gift card.

Better yet, let’s let everyone do what they want. If they don’t go to the dentist and their teeth rot out, that’s not my problem.


13 posted on 02/15/2014 1:25:42 PM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Kid Shelleen

Ok. And what about the people who can’t *&%$#(*^ afford to go to the dentist and who are paying for all this?


14 posted on 02/15/2014 1:28:26 PM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Kid Shelleen

“One recent study from the University of Maryland found in Medicare patients that one visit a year to the dentist saved $250 a year in the long term by limiting expensive operations. DPW hopes to replicate those results in Pennsylvania”


Medicare provides free dental service?

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15 posted on 02/15/2014 1:33:56 PM PST by Mears
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To: Kid Shelleen

Doesn’t anyone proof read anymore?


16 posted on 02/15/2014 1:37:59 PM PST by jyro (French-like Democrats wave the white flag of surrender while we are winning)
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To: ArmstedFragg
Most of the parents won’t bring in their kids for a service that’s “only” free.

Ain't nobody got time for that.
17 posted on 02/15/2014 1:39:46 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: jyro

I now I alwasy do.


18 posted on 02/15/2014 1:39:50 PM PST by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: Iron Munro

At some black-oriented website, afroc.com or something, they’re talking about how because they they are “vehicle challenged”, they should be able to have their groceries delivered after placing orders on the internet (using their ebt cards, and the delivery free, don’t know if the internet is free, but I don’t doubt that they think it should be). We really have created a class of parasites, and a class of unwilling hosts who are forced by government to support them. That also sounds like slavery.


19 posted on 02/15/2014 2:46:44 PM PST by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Mears

I don’t know about Medicare but I know that in Washington State Medicaid provides dental services to children and adults (adults since Jan 1st). No gift certificates yet, though.


20 posted on 02/15/2014 2:51:17 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: jyro
"Doesn’t anyone proof read anymore?"

It seems they don't. We watch our local news every night, and we like to compete to find the onscreen spelling mistakes. There's at least one in each broadcast. It drives me nuts.

21 posted on 02/15/2014 2:56:02 PM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: Kid Shelleen
to immediately be spent on candy and Coke...

22 posted on 02/15/2014 3:32:18 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: CatherineofAragon
...spelling mistakes.

Catherine, I empathize with you. Mostly my eyes spot the spelling errors in what I read online. Obviously, many are not typos which could be fixed with a quick editing.

On TV I am stuck with noticing frequent grammatical errors. I expect better from those in the media business.

I remind myself that everyone has their good points and that some of those rank higher than perfect English.

23 posted on 02/15/2014 3:54:13 PM PST by IIntense
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To: icwhatudo; Tax-chick

*** as incentive to do to dentist ***

>> Do what to the dentist?

As dentist would do unto you of course.


24 posted on 02/15/2014 3:57:45 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Kid Shelleen

I’m a dental hygienist in PA and have worked in offices that accept welfare patients. First of all, they rarely show up for their appointments, so the dental offices frequently double book appointments. Even when they DO show up, they frequently show up late. Also, they will show up with a bunch of kids, whom they expect the office staff to entertain. Many dental offices will schedule a “welfare day”, where only welfare patients are seen. They tend to be disruptive to the “regular” patients and scare them away. Please don’t call me racist. I’ve seen the same behavior from redneck “mountain folk” as I have from people in more urban areas. I live in the east suburbs of the Pittsburgh area.


25 posted on 02/15/2014 4:02:38 PM PST by toothfairy86
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To: toothfairy86

My parents patronize a dental practice in Florida known as “Tooth Acres.”


26 posted on 02/15/2014 4:20:02 PM PST by Tax-chick (The future is not going to take us seriously.)
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To: IIntense

I need to be more charitable, LOL.

IMO, this is the result of kids never being introduced to books and reading. They grow up without seeing the correct use of the language.


27 posted on 02/15/2014 4:30:58 PM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: IIntense; CatherineofAragon

Since having a stroke and developing epilepsy because of the stroke my spelling and proof reading have gone to hell. Some people need to find better things to bitch about.


28 posted on 02/15/2014 4:45:19 PM PST by muggs (Hope and Change = Hoax and Chains)
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To: toothfairy86

The welfare dental plans used to reimburse the dentist for up to 3 crowns and 3 root canal procedures per year @ up to $600 for each procedure. They quit doing that about 3 years ago. Now, if you have a toothache, you have to get the tooth extracted. Even if it’s a front tooth. Teeth are getting restored with huge silver fillings for the back teeth. No, welfare doesn’t pay for tooth color fillings in back teeth! I can see why they want these people to have preventive care. They want to avoid paying for restorative procedures. These people constantly walk around with a 1/2 gallon jug of sweetened iced tea or bottle of Mountain Dew or Red Bull in their hands. They go days without brushing their teeth, even when you give them a toothbrush, floss and toothpaste. It’s an uphill battle. They just don’t care. The only thing they care about is getting a prescription for Vicodin if they have a toothache.


29 posted on 02/15/2014 4:49:26 PM PST by toothfairy86
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To: muggs
"Since having a stroke and developing epilepsy because of the stroke my spelling and proof reading have gone to hell. Some people need to find better things to bitch about"

Muggs, I'm truly sorry to hear that. But my criticism wasn't meant for someone in your situation.

I singled out so-called professionals whose job it is to create screen captions for a TV news program. Surely they can expect to be held to a certain standard of literacy.

30 posted on 02/15/2014 5:17:28 PM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: CatherineofAragon

Maybe I over-reacted but I have seen so many freepers jump on any error that at times it just bothers me. It’s horrible to forget how to spell words I have known my entire life.


31 posted on 02/15/2014 6:12:24 PM PST by muggs (Hope and Change = Hoax and Chains)
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To: muggs

It must be very hard, muggs. My mother died of a stroke. She didn’t live long afterward, but I know the bizarre things it can do to the brain.

God bless you.


32 posted on 02/15/2014 6:26:39 PM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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