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Could save participants up to 50 percent on procedures
By AMANDA SCOTT
A new program the county is participating in could save residents 5 to 50 percent on dental procedures including routine oral exams, cleanings, dentures and crowns.
The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved the county’s participation in the National Association of Counties’ Dental Discount Card Program, allowing residents who choose to participate to save on dental procedures and fees for specialty services such as oral surgery and orthodontics.
“I hope we have a lot of people participate in that,” Commissioners’ President Pat Nutter (R) said.
In addition to saving money on routine procedures, participants also could save 20 percent on normal fees for specialty services, including endodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics and prosthodontics.
“These discounts are especially important because the new Affordable Care Act doesn’t cover dental services for adults,” Calvert County Department of Community Resources Director Maureen Hoffman said.
Hoffman said the discount card can be used at participating dentists and specialists nationwide, so participants aren’t limited to dentists in the county. She said all dentists located in the county are enrolled in the program. Individuals who have exceeded the annual maximum with their regular dental insurance also can use the discount program, Hoffman said.
There is an enrollment fee to participate in the program. The individual rate is $6.95 per month or $59 per year, and the family rate is $8.95 per month or $69 per year. There also is no enrollment period for the program, Hoffman said.
“These are really great rates, especially when you consider the discount you’re getting,” Hoffman said.
Everyone is accepted. There’s no waiting period or administrative forms. No one can be turned down because of existing medical conditions, and there is no limit to the number of visits for which the discount card can be used, according to Hoffman’s presentation.
Hoffman said the Dental Discount Card Program is administered by Careington International Corp., which serves as the overall program administer through an agreement with the National Association of Counties. Through this agreement, the National Association of Counties monitors the costs and reimbursements and ensures citizens have access to local dentists at pre-approved rates.
“This certainly is needed,” Commissioner Susan Shaw (R) said. When visiting a recent dental clinic, Shaw said “it was clear there are a lot of people” who can’t afford dental services.
Residents wishing to join the Dental Discount Card Program can call 877-354-6226, fill out an application online at www.nacodentalprogram.com or mail in an application to Careington International Corp., P.O. Box 2568, Frisco, Texas 75034-9929. To locate a participating dentist, go to www.nacodentalprogram.com, or contact member services at 877-354-6226.
When making an appointment with participating dentists, identify the network name printed on the member ID card. Enrolled residents can show the discount card at the time of the dental visit and will be able to pay the discounted rate for services at the time of service.
In other business, the commissioners approved 3-2 to send proposed text amendments providing a special exception for indoor commercial recreational facilities in the Light Industrial District and as a conditionally permitted use in the Employment Center District to the Calvert County Planning Commission for a work session. Shaw and Commissioner Gerald W. “Jerry” Clark (R) voted against the motion, stating they did not want to send the special exception for indoor commercial recreational facilities to be located in the Light Industrial District to the planning commission because it seems to be an inappropriate use for that zoning.