May 24th, 2024

Dental care program starts accepting claims for 1 million seniors

By The Canadian Press on May 1, 2024.

The first seniors to register with the new federal dental care plan can now start submitting claims. Dental instruments are shown in Oakville, Ont., Wednesday, April 5, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Staff

OTTAWA – The first seniors to register with the new federal dental care plan can now start submitting claims.

The government says about 1 million seniors are now eligible to receive dental care under the program.

The program was conceived as part of a co-operative political pact between the Liberals and the New Democrats.

Once it is fully rolled out, the program should be available to anyone without private insurance with a family income under $90,000.

The government started enrolling seniors late last year, and other cohorts, including kids under the age of 18 and people who receive the disabilities tax credit, will be phased in over the next year.

Health Canada says 6,500 oral health providers, including dentists, hygienists and denturists, have signed up to provide care to patients enrolled in the federal dental plan.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 1, 2024.

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