COVID-19, lack of providers, insurance confusion deter Medicaid patients from seeing a dentist | Health

Alonzo Osche

Federally-qualified health centers, like Cowlitz Family Health Center, that mostly serve people with Medicaid or who are uninsured, may be behind because of COVID, Amundson said.

Family Health Center has three dental clinics, in Longview, Woodland and Ocean Park. The organization primarily sees patients on Apple Health or who are uninsured, said Dental Director Dr. David Meyers.


SmileMobile, a mobile dental bus that offers services to people who have trouble accessing dental care, is parked at the Cowlitz Indian Tribal Health Clinic Monday in Longview.

Courtney Talak

Meyers said many patients are behind on care and may have gotten out

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