Dental Health Care Program for Low-Income Seniors Provider Information

What is the Dental Health Care Program for Low-Income Seniors?
Senate Bill (SB) 14-180 created the Colorado Dental Health Care Program for Low-Income Seniors (Senior Dental Program), which will be administered by the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (the Department) effective July 1, 2015. SB 14-180 ends the current Old Age Pension (OAP) Dental Program administered by the Department of Public Health and Environment, effective June 30, 2015, as the target population now has publicly funded dental benefits through Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) and the OAP Health and Medical Care Program.

The Senior Dental Program grants funds to entities such as Area Agencies on Aging, community-based organizations and foundations, federal qualified health centers, safetynet clinics, local public health agencies, and private dental practices to promote the health and welfare of Colorado’s low-income seniors. The Senior Dental Program provides access to dental care for low-income seniors that meet the following criteria: 

  • 60 years of age or older;
  • Lawfully present in the state in accordance with section 24-76.5-103, C.R.S.;
  • Economically Disadvantaged (a senior whose income is at or below 250% of the most recently published federal poverty level for a household of that size); and
  • Not eligible for dental services under Health First Colorado or the Old Age Pension Health and Medical Care Program, and does not have private dental insurance.

How did entities apply for the grant funds?
The Senior Dental Program Grant Applications were released on January 12, 2015 and the deadline to have the grant proposals submitted to the Department was February 20, 2015. If the Department is in need of additional grantees more applications will be released as needed.

Who received grant money?
The Department received 23 grant applications by the deadline date and this included 18 current OAP dental grantees. All grant applicants met the minimum grant criteria; however, the total funds requested were $2.2 million more than the available funding.

The Senior Dental Program has over $2.9 million available for grant awards for FY 2015- 16 and the Department cannot spend more than the appropriated funds.

What are geographic areas covered in Colorado?
The Department has nearly full state coverage through our grantees for FY 2015-16. The following counties do not have full geographic coverage: Archuleta, Chaffee, Cheyenne, Dolores, La Plata, Lake, Montezuma, and San Juan.

How will the awarded grantees receive these funds?
The Department will receive monthly invoices from the awarded grantees and will evaluate the funding levels on a quarterly basis. If some grantees are not expending the funds awarded to them the Department will increase awards to grantees that were not fully funded or award funds to those excluded.

Program Contact:
Chandra Vital