October 6, 2013
The Charlottesville Free Clinic is looking to meet demand and expand its dental services, but it needs some help to do it.
Dental care is not included in essential benefits as part of the new health care law.
The clinic has 600 patients on a waiting list to receive care, and its director says the need won't go down with the new insurance offerings.
The clinic has already taken steps to implement more care, but it needs more dentists and hygienists to volunteer.
"We're expanding our scope of care. We've added a hygienist to our team, and we're going to be doing more with wellness and prevention than we have before," said Erika Viccellio, the executive director of the Charlottesville Free Clinic. "So by doing that, we think it's going to create better health in general for our patients.
Right now, the Charlottesville Free Clinic is the only provider of dental care for uninsured adults in the community.