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Dental Voucher Program

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From Thursday, April 10, 2014
To Thursday, April 17, 2014
by Courtney

Effingham Catholic Charities and St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital have launched a dental voucher program for adults 18 years and older who are underinsured or uninsured and in need of an
emergent tooth extraction. Residents of Effingham, Jasper, Cumberland, Fayette, Clay and Shelby counties are eligible for the program.

Through the program, the patient initially will be referred to Catholic Charities by a physician, dentist, or by self-referral. Catholic Charities will work with the patient to verify program eligibility prior to a
dental voucher being issued. The dental voucher will cover expenses related to an initial exam and x-ray by a dentist, followed by a tooth extraction if necessary. Each patient will be allowed two
dental exams, for evaluation of tooth pain, and one tooth extraction each year.

This program was developed as a result of the community health needs assessment St. Anthony's conducted in 2011 in partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Effingham County and Jasper
Steering Committee. After evaluating and prioritizing the survey results, the Alliance identified access to health care services as one of the top identified needs. Survey results related to oral health
and access to dental care indicated 27% of Effingham County respondents had not visited a dentist within the past year. Those at lower income levels were less likely to report having seen a dentist
in the last year.

This new program, which began on April 1, facilitates access to the appropriate care for those needing emergent tooth extraction. Those qualifying for the program will also find relief from the burden
of paying for emergency, dental and oral surgery services when they cannot afford to do so.

To find out more about the dental voucher program, contact Catholic Charities at 217-857-1458. For more information about St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital, visit St. Anthony's web site at
stanthonyshospital. org.