This past legislative session, Senator Pat Jones sponsored SCR 4, Dental Health Care Concurrent Resolution. In a ceremony earlier this week, Governor Gary R. Herbert signed the resolution in the company of Senator Jones, Scott Ideson, president of Regence BlueCross BlueShield, and a young couple whose four children have received dental care via the Regence Caring Foundation for Children.
This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor expresses support for the efforts of the Regence Caring Foundation for Children to provide dental care to children from low-income families who earn too much to qualify for public assistance. The Regence Caring Foundation for Children began in 1992, and since then, has provided more than 27,000 children with free oral and medical care and has received donations of more than $5.9 million in cash and in-kind services to the Foundation.
Studies show that good dental health and overall general health are inseparable. Poor dental care leaves children susceptible to infection and disease that affects their ability to sleep, study, and play. Serious dental disorders can negatively affect self-image and potentially lead to kidney, liver, and cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.
The Regence Caring Foundation for Children’s comprehensive dental plan includes exams, x-rays, fillings, root canals, crowns, and oral surgeries. Workshops are also conducted to educate parents and children on oral hygiene techniques and good eating habits.
The Foundation donates ALL its administrative duties, allowing 100% of fundraising proceeds to be used for free dental services to children. Senator Jones thanks her colleagues in the Legislature and the Governor for recognizing the noble efforts of the Regence Caring Foundation for Children.