Monday, July 4, 2016
|Dental provider in ICHS clinic|
Photo by Steve Shelton
The grant, approved by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), provides funding for two additional dental providers at ICHS, which will allow more patients to receive dental care, particularly those from underserved communities.
The dental providers will be assigned to ICHS clinics in Bellevue and Shoreline.
Founded in 1973 as a small, storefront clinic in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District, the non-profit ICHS is now the largest provider of health care to Asian Pacific Islanders in Washington state.
“We’re very excited and grateful to receive this grant because this will not only allow more underserved patients access to culturally and linguistically appropriate dental care, but will also allow patients to be seen more quickly,” Dr. Ji Choi, ICHS dental director, said.
ICHS CEO Teresita Batayola said the grant arrives at an opportune time, since many underserved patients are facing serious problems of access to dental services.
In 2014, Apple Health, Washington’s Medicaid program, restored dental coverage for adults after eliminating it in 2011. But Washington has one of the lowest rates of Medicaid reimbursement in the nation to dental providers, prompting many private dentists to decline seeing Medicaid patients.
“This has greatly increased reliance on safety net dental providers, such as ICHS,” Batayola said.
As a leading health care provider to Asian and Pacific Islanders and the broader community in Washington, ICHS has been working continually to address dental health problems among its patients.
|Shoreline ICHS Clinic|
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