Maria McKenna, who lost her dentures in Hurricane Sandy has been fighting to try to get FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to live up to its promise to provide compensation for dental expenses related to the October storm. She lost her dentures in the storm surge and has been unable to get assistance to pay for replacement dentures.
McKenna had partial upper and lower dentures, which were swept from her home when floodwaters rushed in. In order to escape the rising water, she climbed onto a counter with her daughter and two dogs.
The water was up to her nose at one point, and she had to push the refrigerator out of the way to stay safe, which caused her sutures from breast cancer surgery to break open. The surgery had been just a few weeks before and the woman reports she was bleeding in the water all around.
As part of its pledge to take care of victims of Hurricane Sandy, FEMA promised to provide dental care expenses for victims. However, McKenna has been unable to get the agency to pay for the lost dentures. The agency asked for documentation of the dentures, and McKenna provided a letter from her dentist, but the agency deemed this “insufficient substantiation” according to its denial letters. The woman has written dozens of times to the agency and now calls regularly in the hope that this 8-month ordeal will be resolved.
McKenna reports that her dentures are more than just cosmetic appliances. They are posterior dentures that help her chew, which is vitally important because she has Crohn’s disease, a bowel disorder. She explains that she has to eat solid food to help manage her condition, which she can’t do without back teeth to help grind and chew them.
We hope that she is able to finally get these bureaucratic problems resolved and get her dentures replaced.
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