Dental Voucher Program


To address the need for dental care to area adults, Decatur Catholic Charities and HSHS St. Mary's Hospital have partnered to establish the Dental Voucher Program. 

The program helps individuals find appropriate care for adults who need emergency tooth
extractions. Those who qualify also will find relief from the burden of paying for emergency, dental and oral surgery services.
 

Who is eligible?

  • Adults 18 years and older who are underinsured or uninsured for dental care.
  • Adults with an emergency need for tooth extraction.
  • Adult residents of Macon County. 
Coverage is provided for two dental exams with X-ray, one extraction and up to three fillings per year.
 

How does the program work?

  • A patient is referred to Catholic Charities from a physician, dentist, social service agency or by self-referral.
  • The patient meets with Catholic Charities to determine his or her eligibility for the Dental Voucher program.
  • Once the patient's eligibility is established, Catholic Charities will contact a participating dental office and provide the patient with a dental voucher.
  • The patient will make an appointment with the dentist for an initial exam and X-ray.
  • The voucher must be presented at the time of the dental appointment.
  • If the dentist refers the patient to an oral surgeon, the patient must present the voucher at surgery appointment.
Participants will be asked to complete a survey regarding the program following their final appointment.
 
To find out more about the Dental Voucher Program, 
contact Decatur Catholic Charities at (217) 428-3458.

HSHS St. Mary's Hospital has identified access to health care services as one of the top identified needs in Macon County. A Community Health Needs Assessment indicated a lack of access to affordable dental care in Macon County and the surrounding area.