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Douglas County Dental Clinic changes income guidelines

The Douglas County Dental Clinic offered free dental care to more than 60 patients on Sept. 25, 2009. Dr. Ed Manda, left, and dental hygienist Michele Ritzman worked together on Edna Butler, who came in with a broken tooth.

The Douglas County Dental Clinic offered free dental care to more than 60 patients on Sept. 25, 2009. Dr. Ed Manda, left, and dental hygienist Michele Ritzman worked together on Edna Butler, who came in with a broken tooth.

January 21, 2010

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The Douglas County Dental Clinic has changed its income guidelines to allow more individuals without dental insurance to use their services.

The clinic, 316 Maine, now accepts individuals who are at 250 percent of 2008 poverty levels. It was 200 percent of 2009 levels.

That means a single person with a yearly net income of $26,000 now qualifies for services. It was $22,000. A family of four can bring in $53,000 and qualify for services. It previously was $44,000.

To access the clinic’s services, people also:

• Must reside in Douglas County.

• Have no dental insurance.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 312-7770.

Comments

Raymond Munoz 4 years, 11 months ago

Thank you for posting this, LJWorld. We really appreciate it! I wanted to let folks know that the reason it's now 250% of 2008 federal poverty levels is because we're keeping in step with the state's SCHIP expansion which uses a 250% FPL income limit frozen at 2008 levels. It's a little confusing, but as you can see from the examples provided, it does allow us to see patients that make a bit more money. Here is a breakdown of maximum household incomes up to 8 family members:

Single Person - $26,000/year Two People - $35,000/year Three People - $44,000/year Four People - $53,000/year Five People - $62,000/year Six People - $71,000/year Seven People - $80,000/year Eight People - $89,000/year

4 years, 11 months ago

Is Net income correct? After tax income?

mommyoffour 4 years, 11 months ago

I appreciate the service that the Dental Clinic is offering but most people will still find it hard to get services from the Dental Clinic. I have called and found out that you must get x-rays from the clinic that will cost about $180, and to get a cavity fixed it is about $60 at least. So to get a cavity fixed you would need about $240.00. I know this is probably less than you would pay a regular Dentist but most people would not be able to afford this either. I have heard that some where there is a Clinic offering free Dental care but I think it is only for children.

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