New Dental Pilot Program for People on Disability/Income Assistance
Disability Alliance BC (DABC) has reported that the provincial government is funding a Complex Medical Dental (CMD) pilot project led by the BC Dental Association (BCDA), which will create opportunities to receive dental coverage for recipients of disability assistance, income assistance, and their families.
CMD pilot funding will be available on a pre-approval basis for applications submitted to the BCDA between June 21st, 2018 and January 31st, 2019. People who are eligible to access the pilot will receive one-time coverage of up to $1,000 for certain medical dental procedures and up to $500 for necessary sedation or general anesthetic. These amounts may be exceeded in exceptional circumstances with approval.
In the past, there was inadequate funding for dental care provided for people on disability and income assistance and we at the BC Epilepsy Society are excited for the CMD pilot project being a significant first step towards addressing this inadequacy. We look forward to seeing the much-needed changes to dental coverage for people on disability and income assistance.
Please note that applications for this pilot must be completed by a person's dentist. Please click here for the application form.