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STATE AWARDS $850,000 TO INCREASE ACCESS TO DENTAL SERVICES
MADISONNine safety net dental clinics will receive $850,000 as
part of a state budget initiative to increase access to oral health care,
state health officials announced today.
"This funding will allow these clinics to increase staffing and
expand services to more individuals in need of dental care services,"
said Department of Health Services Secretary Dennis G. Smith.
Across the state many families, older adults and those living with
disabilities struggle to find quality, affordable oral health care
services, especially if they are on Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus. In 2010,
only 36 percent of individuals enrolled in these programs and eligible to
receive dental services actually did so. Currently, 680,000 children and
adults are enrolled in Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus and are eligible for
comprehensive dental coverage.
"The clinics will use the new funding to help Medicaid and
BadgerCare Plus enrollees obtain quality comprehensive dental care,"
Smith said. "By helping to make oral health services more accessible,
we will also reduce long-term health care costs associated with oral
The clinics receiving funding are:
- Children's Hospital of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- Madison Dental Initiative-Madison
- Brown County Oral Health Partnership-Green Bay
- Ministry Dental Center-Stevens Point
- Chippewa Valley Technical College-Eau Claire
- Rural Health Dental Clinic-Turtle Lake
- Healthy Teeth Healthy Communities-Manitowoc
- Waukesha Community Dental Clinic-Waukesha
- Bread of Healing Clinic-Milwaukee
For more information on Wisconsin's safety net dental clinics and a
list of the new grantees: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/health/Oral_Health/programs/DentalClinicGrants.htm.
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Last Revised: November 11, 2011