Local group petitioning Florida lawmakers for better dental care for seniors

ORLANDO, Fla. - A local group is petitioning lawmakers for better dental coverage for Florida seniors.

Demand Medicare Dental wants the state to include more comprehensive oral care as part of the Medicare program. Right now, only 1 percent of services are covered, including regular checkups and tooth extractions.

The group has been setting up at different Orlando-area locations asking seniors to sign petitions and toothbrushes to hand over to lawmakers.

Supporter Jeannette Cheshier said she's spent more than $35,000 on dental services, including implants, crowns and root canals. She had the money because of an inheritance. Others are not so lucky.



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