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Host: Scott LaMar

Smart Talk: Grieving on social media; Dental insurance under ACA?

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Mar 11, 2014 3:17 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, March 12, 2014:

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Losing a child is often described as the worst emotional pain a parent can ever experience.  Only the parents who have gone through it can truly know.  We all have grieved the death of a spouse, parent, brother or sister, or another close family member or friend and know how painful it was.

Everyone grieves in their own way.  It can take months or years before the feelings aren't about to burst through at any second.  Often the grief stricken feel like they're the only person who feels the way they do and no one would understand.

Devany LeDrew chose a unique way to grieve the loss of her two-day-old daughter Violet.  She wrote about it on social media.

Ms. LeDrew is a community blogger for  Her article Why I Want You To Like That My Baby Died has been the most read post on the website for the past three weeks.  It has more than 2,100 likes and has been retweeted 27 times.  Devany's blog can be found at

Trisomy 13 awareness day is March 13th.  More information can be found at

Devany LeDrew will tell her story on Wednesday's Smart Talk.

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Devany LeDrew

Also, is dental insurance available to purchase on the Affordable Care Act marketplace insurance exchanges?

There's a lot of confusion about it and we'll get answers to your questions about dental insurance from Kurt Shook, director of healthcare reform exchanges for United Concordia. 

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Kurt Shook, director of healthcare reform exchanges for United Concordia

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-03-12 08:37

    Okgodana emails:

    Here in York there is Family First,it's a medical place for low income and they go by your income if you don't have insurance.
    Their dental provided care for me,based on my income.
    They were pleasant and professional.
    The VA only provides dental if your condition incurred during service.
    They will provide dental to a denied person if-during the patients stay at a VA hospital his or her dental pain interferes with the admitting main treatment plan.
    The york out patient has a very qualified benefits councilor on duty.

  • Scott LaMar img 2014-03-12 12:26

    How does dental insurance intersect with medicare? Medicare recipients are excluded from Obamacare, are they excluded from dental plans?


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