The family dentists at a children’s dental practice in Baltimore are planning to close the practice as part of a plan to save the facility.
The dental clinic, located in the city’s northern suburbs, had been a part of the Baltimore Children’s Dental Hospital for more than a decade, according to a statement by the family dentist, Dr. James H. Fagan, Jr.
In a letter to parents and children this week, the family said that the dental clinic’s care has been compromised by the increased costs of operating, the closure of the dental program and by the closure and expansion of the children’s hospital.
“This is the end of an era for us,” Dr. Fagans statement said.
“We are in the final stages of the plan and our intention is to get the clinic shut down at the earliest possible moment.”
It is not clear what the closure will mean for the children.
A spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Health said the dental practice is not eligible for state funding, and she would not speculate on whether the children would have access to the services.
Dr. Faggans dental practice, which is located in a nondescript building in the northern suburbs of Baltimore, had about 80 residents in its primary care dental program, according in a report by the Maryland Children’s Hospital Center.
The report said the patients had high levels of chronic disease, a lack of health insurance and other issues that put them at risk for chronic disease.
The hospital said in a statement that it is aware of the situation at the dental facility and is working with the Fagan family to determine the best course of action.
The Baltimore Childrens Dental Clinic was one of seven Baltimore dental clinics that operated in Maryland from 2007 to 2017.
A total of 13 facilities have been closed since the opening of the state’s new Medicaid expansion in March, the state Department of Human Services said.
The state has spent about $2 billion to expand Medicaid coverage to more than 10 million people, including about 1.5 million children and pregnant women.
Larry Hogan announced in September that he would accept $50 million in federal money to expand health coverage for more residents in Maryland, but he also pledged that the state would continue to close all of its state-run clinics.
The Medicaid expansion includes coverage for children and adults who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.