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An Update on the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program

As you may have heard, the Ontario government is implementing the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP).

While this is exciting, we don’t have all of the details yet. We’re working hard to keep the community updated as news and program details are available.

Here’s what we know:

  • Ontarians aged 65 and over with an income of $19,300 or less or couples with a combined annual income of $32,300 will qualify for the OSDCP (As of now, we do not know how “income” is calculated and what counts as “income”).
  • The OSDCP is geared to seniors who do not have dental benefits from any other source. In other words, they do not have any of the following types of insurance: Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB), federal or provincial government insurance programs, private insurance, or workplace benefits.
  • Applications can be completed online or paper copy by late summer 2019. Applications will be available at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.
  • A provincial processing centre will handle all the completed forms and verify the applicant’s income. A letter will be mailed to the applicant if they qualify.
  • The program is based on a senior’s income and their not need for treatment.
  • The dental services covered by the program have not been confirmed as of yet.

We appreciate your patience as we move forward to implement this program. Should you have questions, please contact the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, Oral Health Department at 519-258-2146, ext. 1199.

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