Aaron Isle knows what it’s like to have a severe toothache but not to have the money to get it treated.
The 38-year-old Baltimore man works in the restaurant industry, sometimes as a server, sometimes as a bartender or manager. His current job offers no medical benefits, so he depends on the state’s Medicaid program for health insurance, but Maryland provides little or no dental coverage for adults.
“I’ve had to cancel appointments or reschedule them — sometimes just suffer through the pain until I can afford to get it taken care of,” Isle said in an interview at Baltimore’s Chase-Brexton Health Care, a nonprofit clinic where he receives dental care.
Isle is one of...