Providing Dental Services to Low-Income Children

Financial Review


Ministry Dental Center, a partnership of CAP Services, Delta Dental Plan of Wisconsin and Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital, serves families with Medicaid health coverage.

Karl S. Pnazek, CEO and president of CAP Services, shared the following experience:

“Several years ago, my wife and I set up an acorn fund at the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin to provide dental services to low-income children who are not eligible for BadgerCare. The idea was to supplement the services offered at Ministry Dental Center that were limited to Medicaid recipients.

“An acorn fund is designed to grow over the years, and when fully endowed, to distribute its earnings for the purpose for which it was organized. CAP Services, a nonprofit agency that helps low-income families in central Wisconsin, is the fund representative with input from Delta Dental and Ministry Dental Center.

“On December 3, 2008, at 1:00 p.m., I was contacted by Terry Rothman of the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, which administers the Tooth Fairy Fund that pays for dental emergencies not covered by Medicaid. A local grade school nurse had contacted Terry to inquire about obtaining dental services for a six-year-old first grader at Madison School in Stevens Point. The parents had lost their BadgerCare eligibility because they both found jobs and their employers did not offer dental insurance. The six-year-old had been taking Tylenol all weekend and had already taken two more that morning for pain. The teacher called the school nurse to see what she could do.

“The family worked with Brenda Diamond at Ministry Dental Center (where the child had previously received services when the family was on BadgerCare), to set up an emergency appointment that afternoon. It turned out that the tooth was abscessed and the patient had significant facial swelling. Pulling the tooth relieved the pain almost immediately.

“While at Ministry Dental Center, London Cooper, DDS, also assessed the child’s oral health and noted that one tooth needed a filling. She addressed that problem, completed a cleaning and a fluoride application. By 4 p.m., the problem was resolved. The Tooth Fairy Fund will reimburse Ministry Dental for its costs.”

Karl S. Pnazek
CEO and President of CAP Services

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