Yearly Archives: 2012

In the midst of the national health reform debate, and in place of the “public option,” the federal government suggested working through nonprofit health care insurers and deliverers. The same option exists, more or less, to states trying to contain Medicaid costs. It’s not clear, however, that Alabama is taking advantage of homegrown nonprofit models that have demonstrated the ability to serve Medicaid patients at low costs.

As debate rages across the nation over how to check the exponentially rising cost of health care, the answer – or at least an example of it – may be found in Alabama.

Sarrell Dental CEO Jeffrey Parker was recently invited to write the cover story for the Kentucky Dental Association (KYDA) Newsletter.

Moussa Gueye and some of his Crimson Tide teammates worked alongside Sarrell Dental on Saturday to provide entertainment and basketball instruction during a free camp at the Plum Grove Baptist Church gym. Pastor Tyshawn Gardner called it “a huge success” with a turnout of some 125 boys and girls, ranging in age from 6 to 18.

As part of the Sarrell Basketball Kid Camp, a half dozen Bama players, along with players from Stillman College, helped local kids with their game skills at the free clinic.

Alabama men’s basketball players Trevor Lacey, Andrew Steele, Nick Jacobs, Levi Randolph and Moussa Gueye could’ve been doing anything else Sunday afternoon…Instead, they were at Anniston’s High School’s gymnasium, volunteering as counselors at the Sarrell Dental Basketball Camp where they taught area youths the foundational principles of the game such as shooting, dribbling and passing.

The popular PBS series “Frontline” will spotlight the Alabama-based Sarrell Dental tonight on the show’s “Dollars and Dentists,” which takes an investigative look at the dental care industry. It airs at 9 p.m. on PBS.

An Anniston-based dental clinic will be featured tonight on a nationally broadcast investigative television program about the country’s dental care system.

Dental care can be a matter of life or death. Yet more than 100 million Americans either don’t have dental insurance or simply can’t afford to see a dentist. The result? Severe pain, preventable disease, humiliation, bankruptcy and sometimes even death.

PBS is airing a Frontline documentary exploring flaws in the U.S. dental care system, such as the dearth of dentists who accept Medicaid and the dependence of uninsured individuals on emergency room care, the News Courier reported.

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