Governor Signs Bill for Dental Program Rate Flexibility
More seniors will be able to receive dental health care
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 14, 2019
Denver, CO – Today Governor Jared Polis signed HB19-1326 into law. This bill changes rate requirements for program grantees of the Colorado Dental Health Care Program for Low-Income Seniors.
The Colorado Dental Health Care Program for Low-Income Seniors provides dental services to approximately 3,000 low-income Coloradans age 60 and over who do not have Health First Colorado or any other form of dental coverage. With this bill, approximately 600-700 additional Coloradans per year can receive dental health care. Currently, many program grantees run out of funds before the end of year, resulting in waitlists for services. More than 900 people were waiting for services after FY 2017-18.
“Dental care is vital for good health and quality of life, yet many people over 60 do not have dental coverage,” said Executive Director Kim Bimestefer. “This bill increases the number of people we can serve, while maintaining the funding structure.”
HB19-1326 has no fiscal impact. It does not include any programmatic or administrative changes to the program and funding will continue within the existing appropriation. The bill passed with strong bipartisan support and was sponsored by Representative Daneya Esgar, Representative Chris Hansen, Senator Rachel Zenzinger and Senator Bob Rankin.
About the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing: The Department administers Health First Colorado, Child Health Plan Plus and other programs for Coloradans who qualify. For more information about the Department, please visit Colorado.gov/hcpf.