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New Dental Plan Offers Low Cost Coverage To Uninsured

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By Nick Beres 

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - An innovative new dental plan offers low cost coverage for those without insurance in Putnam County. 

Jane Nellis lost her dental coverage 10 years ago and has not seen a dentist since. She often suffers from toothache pain. 

"I understand it will give me a discount and make it more affordable to have the dental care I feel I should have," said Nellis.  

County commissioner Johnnie Wheeler said the National Association of Counties will fund the low-cost coverage that could help thousands of people. 

"It will work $59 per year, per individual and $69 per year for a full family," said Wheeler. 

It's open to anyone without dental insurance through their employer. There is no age limit or income limit. 

Not all dentists will accept the plan, and the coverage will not pay for everything. 

Dr. Andy Thompson, a Cookeville dentist, said even basic care like cleaning and filling cavities will prevent the far more serious conditions he sees in patients who neglect their teeth because they cannot afford the cost of a dentist. 

The plan will begin sometime in the next four weeks. 

It's only for Putnam County residents, but with time it could expand. For more information you can contact Commissioner Wheeler at 931-526-2161.

E-mail: nberes@newschannel5.com

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