Signature Health awarded $300k to provide dental services

Signature Health in Ashtabula, Ohio, which is a severe dental shortage area, has been awarded $300,000 by the Health Resources Service Administration to provide dental services, Star Beacon reports.

Since 2016, Signature Health has been a federally qualified health center and expanded services beyond mental and behavioral health to primary care. Now, as one of the 300 national grant winners, Signature Health plans to start offering dental services in the fall of 2020.

"At the end of the day, our vision is a community without health disparities, and this grant takes us one step closer to achieving that," Jonathan Lee, CEO of Signature Health told Star Beacon.

While only 38 percent of dentists accept Medicaid or Medicare, according to the American Dental Association, Signature Health accepts both.

"Patients who do not have insurance are billed based on a sliding income scale and those who choose to pay in full at the time of their appointment receive a 50 percent discount," Mr. Lee said.

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