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Grant money will help folks in need of dental services

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation is giving Horry Georgetown Technical College a $300,328 grant to expand it's community dental program.

The grant will allow the school to hire several new part-time staff and upgrade some equipment. While the money was given to the college, the money is really a benefit to the entire community.

"We are able to provide services for uninsured and underinsured citizens in this county and also it's allowing students to have access to the cases and study," says Neyle Wilson, President of HGTC.

The money comes at the right time. There are a lot of adults in South Carolina that never see the dentist. One in six in the state have no insurance according to the US Census Bureau,and Blue Cross Blue Shield says Medicaid eliminated adult dental coverage a few years ago.

Last year the community dental clinic helped nearly 2,000 low income residents get dental work they were in dire need of. Officials say if it weren't for that work, many of them would have ended up in the ER.

To find out if you qualify for the program, call 843-839-1070.

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