New Dental Pilot Program will Support Families Receiving Disability Assistance and Income Assistance

Community update from Disability Alliance BC:
 
The provincial government is funding a Complex Medical Dental (CMD) pilot project led by the BC Dental Association (BCDA). The pilot will create new opportunities to receive dental coverage for recipients of disability assistance, income assistance, and their families.
 
The CMD pilot funding will be available on a pre-approval basis for applications submitted to the BCDA between June 21st 2018 and January 31 2019. Eligible people accessing 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. 
 
Disability Alliance BC (DABC) has been critical for years about the inadequate funding provided to Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (MSDPR) clients for dental care. The CMD pilot represents a significant first step towards addressing this inadequacy. DABC looks forward to seeing additional much needed changes to dental coverage for MSDPR clients.