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Serving low-income children a calling for new Skowhegan dentist

“We accept MaineCare dental insurance for children, and that would distinguish us from the other dental clinics in Skowhegan,” Huntley said in a recent interview at the school, which been closed to daily classes since 1957.

Huntley, 58, who lives in Shirley, a town in Piscataquis County, said he is filling a need for important dental preventive work for young people, a health option that is sure to affect them for the rest of their lives. He serves income-eligible families with children in Greenville, also in Piscataquis County, and at the Mountain View Youth Development Center in Charleston.

Huntley said he moved to Maine from New Jersey in 2003. He said he opened his practice in Skowhegan in November because he saw the area as being underserved for youth dental services under MaineCare, a federal- and state-funded program that pays the medical expenses of people who are unable to pay some or all of their own medical expenses.

Citing statistics from a 2013 Medical Care Development public health study commissioned by the Legislature in 2011, Huntley said there is a need for dental services in rural Maine because many people go without regular dental care. The report found that two-thirds of Mainers live in rural areas , but only 13.5 percent of dentists practice in those areas. Cuts in government-funded dental care have reduced support for prevention programs and sliding-scale subsidies for low-income Mainers, the report found.