Tuesday, February 22, 2011

County Announce Dental Network Card Program for Residents

County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced a voluntary Dental Network Card Program designed to make going to the dentist easier and more affordable for individuals and families in the county. County residents can purchase a card for reduced rates on dental services for themselves and their families.

“Proper dental hygiene is often out of reach for many retirees and families. Dental care is a key ingredient to overall good health, and this new program puts a trip to the dentist in reach for more families in our county,” said the County Executive. “We are pleased to provide residents without dental insurance with more affordable access to participating dentists in our communities.”

The Dental Network Card Program provides cardholders with information they can use to locate dentists who have agreed to charge reduced fees for dental services. This is not an insurance program. It is an educational and access program that is intended to help patients for whom cost is a barrier to receiving dental treatment.

“Too often people avoid going to the dentist because they don’t have insurance,” said NYSAC President William J. Ryan. “Counties can now provide their residents with access to this card so they can receive the same rates that insurance companies pay.”

The Dental Network Card Program is a partnership created by the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) and the Health Economics Group (Rochester, New York) so that counties can offer the program to residents in their communities.

“We saw the need in our communities and we identified one more way that we can help connect our residents with the care they need to stay healthy,” said the county executive.

The Dental Network Card program makes use of the extensive DenteMax network of dentists, with more than 100,000 dental access points throughout the country. Dentists in the network have agreed to charge the prevailing DenteMax network fee schedule when a patient presents an identification card bearing the DenteMax name or logo.

For more information and to enroll in the program, visit http://www.heginc.com/dentemax-NYSAC.html.

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