Val Crosby has been unable to kiss her husband for a year. A degenerative disease has rotted her teeth down to the gums, and they cannot afford dental care in their isolated pocket of Tennessee.
The 43-year-old holds down two part-time jobs, as a chamber maid at a seasonal bed and breakfast and as a waitress, and her husband, Jonathan, is a self-employed carpenter. Neither has health insurance.
"For the last couple of years, business has been hard, very hard," Crosby, who lives in Butler, told...Full Story