Las Vegas teenager without health insurance gets a free smile

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — According to Nevada’s Children’s Health Coverage Report Card, 58,000 children in the state had no health insurance in 2019.

according to dr Cody Mugleston, Henderson Modern Dentistry and Orthodontics, lack of dental care is a major problem in southern Nevada.

The nonprofit organization Future Smiles, which caters to vulnerable youth in southern Nevada and offers them dental care insurance or not, gave local teenager Joselyn Felipe a new smile.

Felipe recently graduated from Clark High School and is on her way to college. After years of being covered by her parents’ dental insurance, they were fired for no longer qualifying and could not afford coverage.

Felipe started working to help her parents, but she also got toothache and had to go back to the dentist.

Future Smiles partnered with Henderson Modern Dentistry and Orthodontics and provided Felipe with over $3,000 worth of dental work.

“I had support, but never like this,” said Felipe.

Recently, the US Department of Health and Human Services awarded Nevada Medicaid nearly $1.6 million over four years to develop programs aimed at developing the infrastructure for oral health service delivery by expanding who is in Nevada services can offer.

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