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Rockland County Helping Residents Pay For The Dentist

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) Rockland County residents will soon get an opportunity for reduced rates at the dentist.

The county is offering residents a new county dental network card program that will get them at least 30 percent off at certain practices.

“People who do sign up can receive somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 to 37 percent discounts on any dental work they have,” County Executive Scott Vanderhoef said.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi reports on the discounts

The card costs about a dollar a week for a family and it could save as much as $56 for an exam and cleaning, according to the county.

“Given the economy and people struggling, this is a way to help them. Preventative care and that includes dental care can really be important in the long term and preventing additional expenditures, costs, pain and the like,” Vanderhoef said.

“By purchasing a County Dental Network Card, cardholders will have access to information they can use to locate dentists who have agreed to charge reduced fees for dental services,” according to the county. “The program is not an insurance program, but is intended to assist patients for whom cost is a barrier to receiving dental treatment.”

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