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 do entities apply for the grant funds?
Fill out the grant application and submit as directed and email the program contact with any questions.
What are geographic areas covered in Colorado?
The Department has nearly full state coverage through our grantees. The following counties do not have full geographic coverage: Archuleta, Baca, Cheyenne, Dolores, Huerfano, Kiowa, La Plata, Las Animas, Montezuma, Ouray, Prowers 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.