Expansion Of Dental Services For Older Adults
By Eileen Doherty, MS ~
Medical experts, policymakers, and political leaders are all starting to not only realize the importance of dental care but are expanding the financial support to help older adults pay for dental services.
Starting July 1, 2023 adults on Medicaid will be eligible to receive additional dental care as the annual caps have been lifted. You do need to be receiving Medicaid and see a dentist who accepts Medicaid to take advantage of this benefit.
The Colorado Gerontological Society offers dental services to residents of the Metro Denver area, as well as Boulder and Larimer county. Additionally, if you have family or friends who live west of I-25, south of the Wyoming border and north of the New Mexico border, we are able to serve those individuals as well.
To qualify for the program, individuals must be age 60 and over, live in Colorado, see a participating dentist who agrees to accept the state’s fees, and be prior approved for care. Income must be less than $3038 for a single person and $4108 for a couple.
The services we can provide include exams, x-rays, fillings, extractions, full and partial dentures. Other procedures such as root canals and crowns are approved on a case-by-case basis. We do not cover fixed bridges and implants.
Procedures that are covered by the grant and pre-approved are usually covered in full by the grant.
To apply, call our office for an application or visit our website at www.senioranswers.org/
Eileen Doherty, MS is the Executive Director of the Colorado Gerontological Society.