The Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging/NY Connects has announced the launch of the Cattaraugus County Dental Network Card Program. This program is designed to make dental care more affordable for individuals and families in Cattaraugus County. County residents can purchase a card, which will allow them to access reduced rates on dental services for themselves and their family members.

“Regular dental care is a key component of overall good health, and this new program puts a trip to the dentist in reach for more adults and children in our county,” said Norman Marsh, Chairman of the Cattaraugus County Legislature. “We are pleased to offer this program to residents without dental insurance, who can now receive more affordable access to dentists in our communities.”

The Dental Network Card Program provides cardholders with access to local dentists who have agreed to charge relatively low fees for dental services. It is not an insurance program; rather it is a discount program intended to help patients for whom cost is a barrier to receiving dental treatment. The program is not funded with taxpayer dollars and is available for just 10 cents a day for an individual or a dollar a week for an entire family. An established fee schedule shows users the savings they can expect on services like cleanings and routine procedures to root canals, implants and dentures.

The Dental Network Card is offered through a partnership created by the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) and the Health Economics Group. The organizations teamed up to ensure that counties can offer the program to residents in their communities.

“Too often people avoid going to the dentist because they don’t have insurance,” said NYSAC President Mark Alger. “I applaud Cattaraugus County for providing their residents with access to this card so they can receive the same rates that insurance companies pay. The Dental Network Card program makes use of the extensive DenteMax network of dentists, with more than 100,000 dental access points throughout the country.”

Brochures and enrollment forms are available at county departments and municipal buildings throughout the county. For more information or to obtain an enrollment form, feel free to call the Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging/NY Connects at (716) 373-8032 or 1-800-462-2901.