A new opportunity has opened up for low-income Oregonians and Lane students. LCC Dental Clinic recently received approval as an Oregon Health Plan dental provider. “Many students qualify for OHP,” Dental Hygiene Program Coordinator Sharon Hagan said.
OHP is state-subsidized insurance coverage which provides access to coordinated health care through a network of providers. Coverage includes assistance with physical health needs, mental health care, addiction treatment and dental care.
“I can’t afford dental insurance and I know students need experience to work,” Rhea Laurine, clinic patient said.
The LCC dental clinic offers its full range of services to the general public, regardless of student status or OHP membership. Initial assessments are free and other services are relatively inexpensive.
“We have dentists here every day of the week and have holes in our schedule. We’d love to have new patients fill those spaces,” Hagan said. “Since we are new providers, we don’t have too many clients yet, so there is less of a wait time, and students need patients for their education.”
About a year ago, the clinic moved from the main campus to its new location on Willamette Street. Seven or eight dentists supervise student dental assistants and hygienists, along with support by professional dental personnel on staff.
“This is our second academic year here. We provide very comprehensive care, no matter which provider, including fillings, extraction and restorative services,” Hagen said. “We have 19 dental chairs here. We run a couple of chairs with dentists. The others are for dental hygienists.”
Melanie Davis, clinic receptionist, estimates they have about 4000 patients, with about 90 being OHP clients. “This is our first month, so we are all new at this,” she said.
“Lots of people on OHP don’t even know who their provider would be,” said Hagan.
Anyone interested in enrolling for dental care under OHP can call the OHP Client Service number and request 2460 Willamette-LCC as their provider. Currently they are listed under Advantage Dental group. “They must request LCC dental,” Hagan said.
For appointments call:
The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Twice a month they have Saturday clinics from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A list of costs and services can be found on the clinic’s web site at: http://www.lanecc.edu/dentalclinic.
The Child Center of Springfield is set up to assist people with the process. They can be reached at (541) 726-1465.