HealthNet Dental Clinic begins accepting BadgerCare patients

HealthNet of Rock County announced on Wednesday that its dental clinic will start accepting patients using BadgerCare on July 5, 2015. HealthNet of Rock County’s Executive Director Ian Hedges announced the changes to the organization’s dental clinic volunteer providers and the staff on Tuesday night.

HealthNet of Rock County’s Executive Director Ian Hedges said it was apparent that the organization needed to make the change. “We receive probably 10 calls a day from patients who use BadgerCare who are trying to find dental care. The board of directors and staff felt this is a step in the right direction because ultimately we are responding to a need of great importance to the community.”

Rock County has more than 27,000 individuals who are enrolled in BadgerCare or medical assistance programs. A report on oral health released by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services in 2010 stated that only 25 percent of patients who have BadgerCare were able to see a dentist.  The need for dental care is also reflected in the 2014 Rock County Health Needs Assessment, which identified under-utilization of dental health services as one of the most significant health risks to Rock County residents.

According to Hedges, fundraising and grants will still be needed to sustain its dental clinic. Hedges says, “Reimbursements from the state do not come anywhere close to covering the costs of operating a dental clinic.” Hedges cites a study by the American Dental Association (“A Ten-Year, State-by-State, Analysis of Medicaid Fee-for-Service Reimbursement Rates for Dental Care Services”) as to why many BadgerCare patients are not seen in Wisconsin. The study concluded that Wisconsin has one of the lowest Medicaid reimbursement rates for dental care in the nation.

For the first time since the dental clinic’s opening in 2007, HealthNet of Rock County will be opened five days a week. The organization has also hired a dentist, Dr. Zach Gregerson, to serve patients on BadgerCare for three days a week.  HealthNet will continue to see patients who are uninsured two days a week. Patients who are interested in enrolling in the service should call 608-314-1940.

HealthNet of Rock County is a volunteer-based clinic, offering free primary medical, dental, and vision services to Rock County residents who are uninsured, underinsured and low income. For more information on HealthNet of Rock County, visit the clinic’s website at www.healthnet-rock.org.

 

CVS Health Foundation makes an investment in Rock County

Grant will provide more access to health care and improve patient outcomes in Rock County

JANESVILLE, WI – HealthNet of Rock County today announced it has received a grant from the CVS Health Foundation, in partnership with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC). The grant has been awarded as part of the CVS Health Foundation’s commitment to address the need for more accessible, coordinated health care in our local communities. The grant will help HealthNet of Rock County support its case management services that help patients navigate the complex health care system.

“Support from the CVS Health Foundation will help us in our continued effort to reduce overall health care costs for our local health systems and improve patient care outcomes for those in our local community,” said Ian Hedges, Executive Director for HealthNet of Rock County. “We are honored to receive this grant which will help ensure that we can support patients in Rock County who are looking for affordable healthcare.”

Grants awarded to free clinics nationwide in partnership with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics have allowed organizations to increase operating hours and the number of patient visits, resulting in a decrease in the number of emergency room visits and improved patient compliance.“Through our multi-year partnership with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics, we’ve seen firsthand the impact that free clinics have on the health and well-being of their local communities,” said Eileen Howard Boone, President, CVS Health Foundation. “We’re honored to support HealthNet of Rock County and the work they do to provide patients in Rock County access to the health services they need to lead healthier lives.”

The free clinic grants are part of the CVS Health Foundation’s $5 million, multi-year commitment to supporting community health and expanding access to quality health care nationwide through partnerships with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics and the National Association of Community Health Centers.
HealthNet of Rock County is a volunteer-based clinic, offering free primary medical, dental, and vision services to Rock County residents who are uninsured and low income. For more information on HealthNet of Rock County, visit the clinic’s website at www.healthnet-rock.org.

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4th Annual Night of Fright to benefit Rock County uninsured

HealthNet of Rock County will be hosting its 4th Annual Night of Fright on October 30, 2015 from 7 PM until 11 PM at the The Armory in Janesville. This is the organization’s special fall event which helps fundraise for healthcare services provided to low-income, uninsured Rock County residents. This year’s event is a costume party for adults, and the purchase of a ticket includes two drinks tickets, appetizers, a photo booth, and live music from The Gary Band.

HealthNet of Rock County’s Executive Director, Ian Hedges, said, “We like hosting Night of Fright for the community because it is the premier party for Halloween in Janesville and it is a way for community members to give back during the season.”

According to a recent survey by Enroll America, as many as 11 percent of Rock County residents are uninsured, while many remain underinsured in the county. HealthNet of Rock County, Inc. provides free medical and dental care to low-income and uninsured residents of Rock County.

Tickets for the event are 45 dollars each, and 80 dollars for couples.  Cash prizes will be given for individuals and groups with the best costumes. To purchase a ticket, please call 608-314-1921 or visit www.healthnet-rock.org/event/nof.

Hedges also notes that he expects the event will have record turn out this year. “Many people are excited about the Armory, and I think people are excited to learn more about HealthNet as health care issues have taken spotlight over the last couple years. Without hesitation, we had businesses like Data Dimensions and Blackhawk Community Credit Union step up and contribute to the event.”

For more information about the event or the clinic, please visit www.healthnet-rock.org.

The Grainger Foundation Supports HealthNet of Rock County, Inc.

Janesville, WI, September 16, 2015 The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation located in Lake Forest, Illinois, has donated $5,000 to HealthNet of Rock County, Inc., to support its mission to serve the ever increasing need for primary health care to the uninsured and low-income residents of Rock County, Wisconsin.

“We are the only free, volunteer-based clinic in Rock County that is ensuring low-income individuals are given healthcare and able to live healthier and productive lives in this community,” said Ian Hedges, Executive Director, HealthNet of Rock County, Inc.  “This is critical because communities can only flourish when each resident is in optimal health.  We are grateful to The Grainger Foundation for its generosity and continued support of our mission.”

This donation was recommended by Bill Koenig, Vice President, Mergers, Acquisitions & Integrations of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s, Janesville location.  Grainger has been a part of the Janesville business community for more than 45 years as the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products.  “We are proud to sponsor the programs offered by HealthNet of Rock County,” said Koenig.  “They do amazing work in our community for so many in need.”

The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest, Illinois, was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc.

HealthNet is a non-profit volunteer-based free health and dental clinic dedicated to providing quality medical care to completely uninsured Rock County residents living at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.  HealthNet provides general primary medical and dental care, mental health care, and vision services.  In addition, HealthNet of Rock County, Inc., dispenses more than $2 million worth of medication annually.

 

For further information about Grainger contact:

Joe Micucci, Director of Media Relations at Joseph.Micucci@grainger.com

 

For more information about HealthNet of Rock County, Inc., contact:

Ian Hedges, Executive Director at Executive-director@healthnet-rock.org

Rep. Paul Ryan visits HealthNet of Rock County’s medical clinic

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On September 15, 2015, Rep. Paul Ryan (WI-1) came to visit and tour HealthNet’s medical clinic, as well as the clinic’s medication room. During the tour, HealthNet discussed how the clinic dispensed almost 2.5 million dollars in medications as well as provided services over 3,000 patient visits in 2014.

After concluding the tour, Executive Director Ian Hedges said, “We want to thank Rep. Ryan for coming to visit our clinic, and seeing how HealthNet provides a much needed service to the community.” Hedges then noted, “Affordable healthcare remains a bipartisan issue, and we welcome all leaders from any political party to see how HealthNet is helping people get back on their feet in order to live prosperous lives in this community.”

Congressman Ryan lives in Janesville and has served as Representative for the First Congressional District of Wisconsin since 1999.

HealthNet of Rock County, Inc. is a volunteer-based clinic, offering primary medical, dental, and vision services to Rock County residents who are uninsured and low income. For more information on HealthNet of Rock County, visit the clinic’s website at www.healthnet-rock.org.