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Need Ya'lls help!

Posted by knicole1979 on Tue, Jan. 8th (2008) at 19:05
Current Location: Fremont, NC
Current Mood: determineddetermined
I have a friend that I've known since he was born. He's a marine and stationed here in NC not far from where I live. His wife is having MAJOR MAJOR dental problems. She's in so much pain she's not eating much of anything. She's currently down to 87.5 lbs, and we all know thats not healthy for anyone!! They are saying that she needs most of her top teeth pulled, there's a bad infection running though her entire mouth. She needs to have at LEAST 4 of her bottom teeth ground down and caps put on the others, plus some pulled. They are talking $65-110 per tooth to be CUT out. Plus the visit cost, the x-ray, the sedation, and all the other wonderful stuff. They are looking at $3600 dollars total, WITH the insurance. They are low ranking, the engine just blew on the car, the poor girl is miserable. She's shy the way it is, and now won't smile because of her teeth.
The pcm and hospital has tried sending a recommendation in 4 different times and each time Tricare United Concordia has sent it back turned down. They need help. For those wonderful ladies here...I'm not asking for money or anything like that...just your advice. WHO do we go to that can help her get these things taken care of. They could do one tooth at a time, but with the damage thats been done, and the infection she has, its going to be harder to get everything fixed.
Who do we call? Who do we talk to?
His supervisors and what not have all told him the same thing....find the money, or go one by one.
If ya'll have any advice, or experience with this, it would be greatly appreciated!
Its affecting her quality of life. she's getting depressed. They have one son who just turned a year old. Please have some answers!! I'm out of ideas!
x-posted like mad


nilo at 2008-01-09 03:50 (UTC) (Link)
Wow - I have no idea what to suggest. But what a horrifying situation. I can't understand why TriCare keeps denying the authorization. Is there any way she can get her Primary Care Physician call TriCare? Her dental issue is obviously having a very negative impact on her total body. Off the top of my head, that's all I can come up with. I'll run this by a few of my friends and see if anyone else has anything better to suggest.
(Anonymous) at 2008-02-12 20:28 (UTC) (Link)

Don't know if this is a bit late?

I don't know how different branches work, we are air force. I do know often, temporary loans or even grants are given to families in need for situations like these. The family support center, in the air force, is where you would go to start seeking some assistance. HTH.
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