Castleton center offers access to dental care

RUTLAND U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders arrived in Rutland Feb. 19 to announce a $95,000 grant for the Castleton Health Center to provide greater access to dental care in Rutland County. He was present at the Park Street Health Share Free Clinic on Grove Street in Rutland. Along with Sanders were other dignitaries from the Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region. He also headed to Bennington to announce $328,300 in funding for a transportation center a major downtown revitalization. In Rutland, Sanders committed to improve dental care for people who cannot afford it or who live in areas with too few dentists to meet community needs. Grant Whitimer, executive director of Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region, said in its first six months of operations the Castleton center provided more than $85,000 in reduced fees and free dental care. Some 2,000 dental visits were provided to patients that either did not have any dental insurance or who were covered by Medicaid. He stated the Park Street Health Share Free Clinic and the Castleton clinic, need for dental services considerably exceeds our current capacity. The grant will allow them to expand our capacity in order to better meet the needs of our patients.

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