Most dental plans now accepted at health department

The DeWitt/Piatt Bi-County Health Department has announced that it now accepts most major dental insurance in its Community Dental Clinic.

“We want to be seen as a local resource to all of our area residents, not just the underserved,” said David Remmert, Administrator, “but our priority will always be to ensure that everyone has access to services.”

The Community Dental Clinic operates with four chairs in a state-of-the-art setting, boasting an all-digital practice with construction and equipment funded largely through grants from the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF).

Since the Foundation’s inception through 2011, a total of more than $51.1 million in grants has been invested in over 285 projects aimed at improving children’s overall health. From the beginning, ILCHF has supported children’s oral health programs as part of a larger funding strategy to make health services available to children.

The Community Dental Clinic opened in July of 2010 serving children and adults, accepting Medicaid enrollees and operating on a sliding fee to ensure that dental services remain affordable. The clinic started in response to a local needs assessment in which multiple focus groups identified dental care for the under-served a chief health concern, largely due to the fact that area dentists don’t accept Medicaid as a form of payment for services.

“I don’t blame any dentists for not accepting Medicaid. Payments from the state are less than 30% of usual and customary fees and often delayed,” Remmert said. "So it reinforces the reasons why we need to broaden our Clinic to accept other payment sources. It’s hard to make ends meet otherwise. "The Clinic’s Director of Dental Health, Dr. C.J. Yoon, noted that, “we’re very happy to be a resource to area residents and very committed to providing the best care possible. We have a great, caring staff that spends time in both the clinic and area schools to create a link to services. We really appreciate the support we’ve received for our Clinic and look forward to serving even more in the future”.

For more information call 217-935-3427.

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