Monthly Archives: October 2013

Bates Free Dental Clinic – October 2013


On Friday, Oct. 25, the Bates Dental Assisting Program opened its dental clinic, as it has in the past, to provide free dental care to uninsured Pierce County residents. The clinic was held in partnership with the Pierce County Dental Society and its Pierce County Dentists Care program. Pierce County Oral Health Coalition members and Pierce County dentists donated their time and resources to provide oral health assessments, X-rays, cleanings, and basic restorative care to 45 grateful patients. More than one-third of those with appointments were referred by the Project Homeless Connect dental team.

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Project Homeless Connect providing dental and other services on Oct. 23

Project Homeless Connect returns to the Tacoma Dome on Wednesday, Oct. 23, providing Pierce County residents a range of dental, medical, veterinary, social, and other services.

Those who are not able to be seen during the hours of service will receive resources for other services in the community. Past events have seen very high demand, so interested homeless individuals are encouraged to arrive early.

   What: Project Homeless Connect
   When: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
   Where: Tacoma Dome, 2727 East D St, Tacoma, WA 98421

More information about Project Homeless Connect can be found on the organization’s web site and on its Facebook page. A flyer for the event may be downloaded here.

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State announces details on adult dental Medicaid benefit restoration

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) has announced the types of dental procedures that will be provided with the restoration of the adult dental Medicaid benefit by the Washington State Legislature during the last legislative session. The benefit will be restored on Jan. 1, 2014.

The benefit previously had been reduced to emergency-0nly coverage as a result of budget cuts implemented by lawmakers in response to declining state revenues.

According to the HCA, the new benefit covers restorative and preventative services, resin partials and complete dentures, root canals, cavities, and routine checkups and cleanings, as well as emergency services.

The HCA reported the Medicaid program would begin notifying dentists this month that the benefit would be restored on the first day of the new year, and that offices and clinics could start making appointments with Medicaid clients after that date.

A copy of the HCA news release can be found on the agency’s web site.