JOIN NOW: Call 1-888-632-5353
M-F 8am - 9pm | Sat 9 am - 6pm | Sun 10am – 5pm EST
Less Than 48 Hours Left: Save $15 plus get 1 month free on select plans above $120. Use promo code TREAT29

you are here:DentalPlans.com > Dental Health Articles > Closing of dental clinic may prohibit thousands of mentally disabled patients from receiving dental care

Closing of dental clinic may prohibit thousands of mentally disabled patients from receiving dental care
Updated: 3/22/2010 3:00:29 PM
 

Closing of dental clinic may prohibit thousands of mentally disabled patients from receiving dental care The state of Massachusetts recently announced that it will be forced to close the Fernald Development Center on June 30 due to budget constraints. Unfortunately, the cost-cutting measure will displace Tufts University's Waltham dental clinic, which provides low-cost dental care services to mentally disabled patients from around the state, according to the Boston Globe.

Although university officials are scrambling to ensure that services can be provided at their other locations, many Massachusetts residents are worried that the 2,100 patients that the clinic serves will soon be without a facility capable of handling their specials needs.

"Where will they go?’" asked Marilyn Meagher, director of the advocacy group Fernald League for the Retarded. "These are extremely handicapped people. It is going to be very devastating for them."

The majority of patients currently being treated by the clinic include those with autism, brain injuries and mental retardation.

Jean McGuire, an assistant secretary for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, said that other clinics from around the state should be able to absorb the displaced patients, and that they plan to ensure that a disruption of services does not occur.

Regular visits to the dentist can help prevent avoidable dental health problems, such as infection, tooth decay, and cardiovascular disease, according to the American Dental Association.

For more information on discount dental plans call 1-888-632-5353
ADNFCR-1507-ID-19682637-ADNFCR

© 2010 Brafton Inc.

The materials and articles published on DentalPlans.com are for informational purposes only. Although DentalPlans.com strives to be accurate and complete, the information is provided without liability for errors. DentalPlans.com does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information, text graphics, links, or other items contained on DentalPlans.com.

DentalPlans.com expressly disclaims liability for errors or omissions in these materials and DentalPlans.com makes no commitment to update the information on DentalPlans.com.

DentalPlans.com expressly disclaims all liability for the use or interpretation by others of information on DentalPlans.com. Decisions based on information contained on DentalPlans.com are the sole responsibility of the visitors, and visitors agree to hold DentalPlans.com and its Affiliates harmless against any claims for damages arising from decisions visitors make on such information.

Nothing on DentalPlans.com constitutes medical advice or other forms of advice. DentalPlans.com assumes no responsibility for material created or published by third parties linked to DentalPlans.com with or without DentalPlans.com’s knowledge.

 

                          
Dental Care & Health Articles
AC Dental Care Articles (40)Affiliate Marketing (2)Audience (1)Bonding (2)Commentary (1)Cosmetic Dentristry (15)Dental (7)Dental Care News Feed (21)Dental Costs (5)Dental Health (21)Dental Plans (39)Dental Work (7)Dentist (19)Dentures (2)Individuals (484)Money (1)Oral Surgeon (1)Orthodontist (1)Pediatric Dentist (1)Procedures and Services (7)Surgery (1)Teeth Whitening/Bleaching (7)Unemployed (8)Veneers (1)

 



is Searching for
in ZIP Code

Join. Save. Smile.™

Savings plans are NOT insurance and the savings will vary by provider, plan and zip code. These plans are not considered to be qualified health plans under the Affordable Care Act. Please consult with the respective plan detail page for additional plan terms. The discounts are available through participating healthcare providers only. To check that your provider participates, visit our website or call us. Since there is no paperwork or reimbursement, you must pay for the service at the time it’s provided. You will receive the discount off the provider’s usual and customary fees when you pay. We encourage you to check with your participating provider prior to beginning treatment. Special promotions including, but not limited to, additional months free are not available to California residents. Note – not all plans and offers available in all markets.

© 1999-2014 DentalPlans.com, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Patents Pending.