FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Perth County ̶ The new Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP) was launched by the Ontario government on November 20. The program provides free, routine dental services for low-income seniors, with the goal of keeping them healthy. In Perth County, OSDCP will be delivered by the Perth District Health Unit.
Seniors are eligible for the program if they:
- are 65 years of age or older
- are a resident of Ontario
- meet the income requirements:
- an annual net income of $19,300 or less for a single senior
- a combined annual net income of $32,300 or less for a couple
- have no other form of dental benefits, including private insurance or dental coverage under another government program such as Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program or Non-Insured Health Benefits.
Eligible seniors may apply to the program online at ontario.ca/SeniorsDental, or by mail. Application forms will be available at the Health Unit.
Seniors will need a social insurance number (SIN) and to have filed their 2018 taxes to apply. If they don’t have a SIN or haven’t filed taxes, they will need to apply with a guarantor.
To help seniors enroll in the OSDCP, the Health Unit will be holding two drop-in application days:
- Thursday, December 5, 9am-4pm at the Perth District Health Unit – 653 West Gore St., Stratford
- Friday, December 6, 1-4pm at Knollcrest Lodge – 50 William St., Milverton
People enrolling in the program can expect to wait about two weeks for their application to be approved. Once approved, they will receive a welcome package and a dental card in the mail. They will need this dental card to access services under the program.
Oral health staff at the Health Unit have long been advocating for dental care assistance for adults and seniors living with low income in our community. About two-thirds of seniors living with low income in Ontario do not have access to dental benefits and cannot afford to pay for dental care. “This program is a step in the right direction,” says Jacqui Tam, Public Health Manager. “Having access to dental care will help our seniors to have better overall health and quality of life.”
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