Budget cuts force Nevada health group to lay off 30 employees, limit dental care

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Reno, Nev.-based Community Health Alliance, a six-facility nonprofit health center, will downsize its staff by around 30 people and limit the dental care provided, according to Fox11.

Community Health Alliance is making budget cuts to its dental program due to the lack of state and federal funding, CEO Charles Duarte said. The health center provides care to low-income residents, many of whom are enrolled in Medicaid, which doesn't cover comprehensive dental care.

Providers at Community Health Alliance will be limited to only provide emergency dental care services for adults. With the budget cuts, Mr. Duarte hopes to save close to $1 million annually. Community Health Alliance has a $23 million budget.

For comprehensive dental services to be re-introduced, state legislatures will need to revise its Medicaid program, Mr. Duarte said.

"The unfortunate part about all of this is that there aren't other dental providers in Northern Nevada that are able or willing to take these patients," Mr. Duarte told Fox11. "We have been the program for adults for many, many years but again, could no longer afford to continue that program."

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