Access to Oral Health Care: The Role of Federally Qualified Health Centers in Addressing Disparities and
Expanding Access (PDF - 491 KB), American Journal of Public Health 01/22/2013. Finds no disparities in access to care and high patient satisfaction.
HRSA-funded health centers provide health care on a sliding fee scale. You pay what you can afford, based on your income. Almost all health centers provide dental exams and care to keep your mouth healthy. Health centers are in most cities and many rural areas. Health centers nationwide have more than 7,000 dental providers to care for children and adults, whether or not you have insurance.
Use Find A Health Center to find the health center closest to you, then phone the health center and make an appointment for oral health care.
Every State and U.S. territory has a Medicaid and a Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that provide health care coverage, including dental care, for children in low income families. Each state has its own rules about eligibility and services. Applying is easy, free and confidential.
To get started, make a free call to 1-877 KIDS NOW (1-877-543-7669). If your children are already enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP, find both oral care and medical providers below.
The following is a H R S A flash movie. The movie contains a link to http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/ where you can search for health centers by location.