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New Program Announcement from Salt Lake Donated Dental Services

As a result of the recession coupled with the Medicaid cuts anticipated to take effect July 1, 2009, Salt Lake Donated Dental Services (SLDDS) is seeing a dramatic increase in the need for dental care amongst working low income families who don't qualify for SLDDS' free services. Consequently, SLDDS is excited to announce the addition of a new program:

Discounted Dental Program

Beginning Monday, June 29th, SLDDS' Discounted Dental Program will operate Monday - Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 PM - 6:30 PM. Individuals seeking services will be required to income qualify, with a household income of 200% below the federal poverty level. Patients will be seen by appointment only and are exprected to pay for the treatment received at the time of service, for a significantly reduced fee. The addition of SLDDS' Discounted Dental Program will provide more options for low income individuals and families while addressing the community's need for quality comprehensive dental care for the indigent. All payments received will pay for the program's costs and benefit SLDDS' Donated Dental Program. To schedule an appointment, stop in during business hours or call 801-972-2747.

SLDDS anticipates this new program will only enhance our existing donated dental services. Free services will continue to be available for the homeless and those individuals falling below 100% of the federal poverty level. SLDDS' Donated Dental Program will operate Monday - Friday mornings from 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM and Thursday - Friday afternoons when a volunteer dentist is scheduled.

Stephanie M. Jensen, Executive Director
Salt Lake Donated Dental Services
1383 South 900 West, Suite 128
Fax: 801-983-0353

Patient Information Line: 801-983-0345

Medical Malpractice for Free Clinics

Free clinics assist in some communities in meeting the health care needs of the uninsured. They provide a venue for some providers to volunteer their services, although their hours of operation may be limited. Many of these clinics are faith-based. Most free clinics are small organizations with annual budgets of less than $250,000.

In FY 2004, Congress provided first-time funding for payments of claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) to be made available for free clinic health professionals.

Authorized by Section 224 of the Public Health Service Act, the appropriation established the Free Clinics Medical Malpractice judgment fund and extended FTCA coverage to medical professional volunteers in free clinics in order to expand access to health care services to low-income individuals in medically underserved areas.

Eager Trial Letter

One of my colleagues at the U is doing a study to see if aspirin can help prevent early pregnancy loss (miscarriage).  Women who have had one or two pregnancy losses at any time in the past and would like to become pregnant are eligible to participate. They may also have had up to two live births.

Women who enroll will be followed from before conception through birth, and will be randomized to low-dose aspirin or placebo daily.  Women will receive an electronic fertility monitor to help them time intercourse for conception (based on urinary hormones), compensation, and other benefits.  All clinical care will remain with the primary provider.

The study coordinator, Laurie Lesher, can provided interested clinics with information about the study, including flyers and brochures.

Breaking News, March 2007: Health Insurance Coverage in Utah

The number and percentage of Utahns who were uninsured increased from 2005 to 2006, according to new data released by the Utah Department of Health (UDOH), but the overall increase was smaller than in recent years. The UDOH uses the Utah Health Status Survey to track trends in Utah health insurance coverage. The 2006 survey estimated that 306,500 Utahns lacked health insurance coverage during calendar year 2006, an increase of 13,700 from the previous year (2005: 292,800). The increase occurred primarily among children (age 0–18), not adults (age 19–64), on average.

Over the last decade, Utah’s uninsured population grew at an average annual rate of 6.9%, compared with 2.3% for the state’s overall rate of population growth. The increase from 2005 to 2006 was less than in previous years, and did not reach statistical significance. “The increase was not as large, but we’re still going in the wrong direction,” said UDOH Executive Director, Dr. David N. Sundwall.

Source: http://health.utah.gov/opha/publications/hsu/07Apr_HIV.pdf

CARE Fair (SL Jr. League)

July 31, 2009: 10am-8pm and
August 1, 2009: 10am-6pm
Horizonte School
1234 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, Utah

Children's Health Connect (Ogden Jr. League)