Everyone wants a set of pearly whites to show off, but when it comes to maintaining one’s health, dental care is often the first thing to fall to the wayside.
“When you think about dental care, you think about the expenses related to it, and a lot of health insurances, even in the exchange, don’t offer those services,” said Laurie-Anne Sayles, Health Communications Specialist at the National Cancer Institute.
Montgomery County is building on its relationship with the National Association of Counties.
“What NACo is doing is working with providers and compiling a consumers buying pool that will bring down the cost of these gap items,” said George Leventhal, Montgomery County Council member.
These “gap items” include dental care, hearing aids, vision services, screenings and diabetes supplies.
The Live Healthy Program is not health insurance; it’s a discount program that helps residents save up to 50 percent off pricey services for less than $15 a month.
“Making sure you have a healthy mouth, it’s probably the last thing people think about, even though it’s probably the most important,” said Sayles. “It’s where we take-in our nutrients. It’s where we communicate.”
The expanded partnership comes more than ten years after NACo introduced its prescription discount program to the county, saving residents more than $32 million so far.
“This is an extra tool in the toolbox to make health care and devices more affordable for our residents,” said Leventhal.
More than 750 dental professionals and nearly 200 pharmacies in Montgomery County will accept the Live Healthy Program’s discounts.