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Blue Cross Grant Supports Dental Services For Uninsured in Susquehanna County

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By: Anthony Matrisciano
September 5, 2013

WILKES-BARRE – The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania recently awarded a $7,940.00 grant to help the Dental Unit of Barnes-Kasson Hospital’s Family Health Clinic offer services to uninsured patients.

The Dental Unit of the Family Health Clinic is located in an area designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a dental health professional shortage area (HPSA) and is the only facility within 100 miles that accepts patients of all ages on Medical Assistance.

Thanks to the grant from The Blue Ribbon Foundation, the Clinic will be able to expand staff time and purchase the dental supplies needed to serve 85 additional un/underinsured children and adults in the coming year.

"Barnes-Kasson Hospital’s Family Health Clinic is an essential resource for families that have difficulty accessing dental health services on their own," said Cynthia A. Yevich, executive director of The Blue Ribbon Foundation. "Preventive dental care is an important step in avoiding serious health problems, and we’re pleased that Foundation funds are successfully being used to reach children and adults who are most at risk."

For more information, Susquehanna County residents can contact the Dental Unit at (570) 853-3883.

In the accompanying photo, Kathy Sparks, dental hygienist, performs a routine dental cleaning on Terrance Gregory at the Dental Unit of Barnes-Kasson Hospital’s Family Health Clinic in Montrose.

About Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.  BCNEPA offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to more than 540,000 individuals in 13 counties in northeastern and north central Pennsylvania.  The company’s mission is to provide integrated health care services and products to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of health care in the populations it serves.

BCNEPA established its private, nonprofit Blue Ribbon Foundation in 2002 to invest in health education and prevention initiatives that produce measurable health improvements and help manage long-term health costs for the residents of northeastern and north central Pennsylvania. During its first decade of service, The Foundation has awarded nearly $10 million in grant funding to 170 nonprofits to help meet the health and wellness needs of more than 186,000 at-risk individuals.