Friday, July 8, 2016

Steuben announces dental program for uninsured

BATH -- Affordable dental care now is available for Steuben County residents, according to county Public Health Department Director Darlene Smith.
The "Steuben County Dental Network" (SCDN) card enables patients to receive reduced-cost dental care at participating DenteMax dental practices throughout the region. Smith told the county Legislature’s Human Services Health and Education Committee Wednesday the plan is ideal for any county resident currently not covered by a dental insurance plan. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stress that oral health is essential to general health and well-being. Sponsored by the state Association of Counties and the Health Economics Group of Rochester, the network is not an insurance plan, but anticipates significant savings for SCDN members at participating dental offices.

Services include an established fee schedule for dental services, with savings ranging from $30 - $50 (for routine services) to several hundred dollars for crowns and root canals. The renewable annual cost is $36.50 for a single membership, and $52 for family coverage.

Participating dentists can be found nationwide, and locally include those located in Painted Post, Horseheads, Wellsville, Geneseo and Warsaw. Updated lists of providers are available at  For more information or enrollment forms, call county Public Health at (607) 664-2438 or the Health Economics Group at (800) 666-6690, ext. 505, or visit