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New Dental Assistance Available for Low-Income Seniors


By Eileen Doherty - Posted on 17 November 2012

Oral health is one of the most important health needs for older Americans, however, dental services are not funded through Medicare and Medicaid. Recognizing the need for good oral health, the Colorado Legislature provided $3 million to fund dental care for hundreds of low income seniors.

To be eligible to receive dental services, individuals must be receiving Old Age Pension or the Medicare Savings Program. Thus single individuals must have less than $1256 per month in income and less than $8580 in resources. Couples must have less than $1702 per month in income and less than $13,620 in resources. The home, car, term life insurance policy and irrevocable burial plan do not count toward your resources.

Individuals who are not receiving Old Age Pension or the Medicare Savings Program but who believe they may be eligible for assistance through these programs can contact their local county Department of Human Services or the Colorado Gerontological Society and make an application.

Anyone who is a Colorado resident and who meets the income and resource guidelines and who have been approved for Old Age Pension or the Medicare Savings Program can apply to receive services.

Eligible individuals will receive cleanings, fillings, extractions, partial dentures, and full dentures. Root canals, fixed bridges, implants, and crowns are not a benefit of this program.

Individuals may be required to pay a co-payment to receive services, depending on the local agency that is administering the program.

Starting January 2013, individuals may receive services from any of the following agencies who received funding. The agencies that were funded include: University of Colorado Dental School, Boulder County Area Agency on Aging, Pueblo Community College, Mountain Family Health Center, Northeast Colorado Area Agency on Aging, South Central Colorado Seniors, Northwest Colorado Area Agency on Aging, Health District of North Larimer County, Cheyenne County Public Health, Salud Family Health Clinic, Plains Medical Center, Dental Aid, Summit Community Care Clinic, Dolores County Health Association, Marillac Clinic, Kit Carson County Health Department, Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, Senior Mobile Dental Program, and Comfort Dental East Colfax /Colorado Gerontological Society.

Application procedures, services, and co-payments may vary from agency to agency.

For a location near you or for more information on where to apply for services, call The Society at 1-855-293-6911.

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