America's sick heartland by Dermot Tatlow

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Two extracted teeth, bringing the total of teeth removed by Remote Area Medical (RAM) dentists to 462. Over the weekend at Soft Shell, Knott County, in the Appalachian mountains of eastern Kentucky, the congressional district with the nation's lowest life expectancy, RAM volunteers saw 822 needy people. 95 percent of people seen were provided with dental or optical care. RAM was founded in 1985 to provide free health, dental and eye care in the developing world. However, RAM now provides 60 percent of its services in the US, providing for the estimated 47 million Americans without health insurance..