BLOOMING PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — State budget cuts are forcing a southeast Minnesota dental clinic that serves the needy to close its doors.

Main Street Managed Care Dental Clinic of Blooming Prairie is closing at the end of the year.

The clinic treats 27,000 low-income patients a year. It’s one of the few places in southeast Minnesota that accepts patients on state assistance.

Dentist John Flor tells the Post-Bulletin of Rochester the clinic is closing because of a series of reimbursement cuts over the past two years. As a result, he says the once profitable clinic lost $200,000 last year treating patients on Medical Assistance and Medicaid.

Area lawmakers say the problem of access to dental care for low-income residents needs to be addressed.

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Comments (6)
  1. G Dog says:

    I’m sure that there are plenty of dental clinics in Minnetonka, Wayzata, Edina, North Oaks and Sunfish Lake that would be more than happy to take on these patients and whatever payment the state can make.

  2. BUILD IT says:

    WHO CARES, That guy in Ohio died of a tooth infection. In the USA this happened. Who cares, build the STADIUM!

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    The Washington Post’s Reliable Source reports that Snyder’s recent purchase, the Lady Anne, is one of the 100 biggest yachts in the world.

  3. BlueLady says:

    If the state allowed dental hygienists to provide care in their own clinic settings instead of cowing to dentists , people could cut their cleaning bills at least in half. The dental board , in my opinion, runs like the Mafia. Private clinics break so many rules, but no one overseas them, and if you complain, you lose your job and are blacklisted. We get paid 1/3 or less what they charge out for our services…..

  4. Dr. Miller says:

    It’s to bad, it is a difficult situation for the clinic and the patients. I would like to see more of these clinics receive private funding from the state to stay open.

    Dentist in Apple Valley

  5. GM says:

    This is a terrible situation for people with state insurance plans. It is very difficult to find dentists in that area of the state. If all dentists agreed to see a small percentage of these patients instead of leaving that responsibility to one or two practices, 27,000 wouldn’t be searching for dental care.

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