After losing her job and her health insurance two years ago, Jamila Lawrence was relieved to receive her Medicaid card. That is, until the Bronzeville mother of two tried to use it last year to find a dentist willing to perform a root canal on one of her teeth.
"A lot of people do not accept that insurance, especially for anything on the level of a root canal. And everyone I called told me I had to pay up front, in full," she said. "It was frustrating. . . . I was in excruciating pain."