- The BC Employment and Assistance Program’s dental program provides basic dental services to income assistance clients who are least likely to become financially independent – Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers (PPMB).
- Basic dental services are also provided to children covered by the BC Healthy Kids Program.
Basic Dental Coverage – PWD And PPMB Clients
- Basic dental plan coverage is provided over two calendar years for PWD and PPMB.
- PWD and PPMB (including spouses) have a maximum coverage limit of $1000 over two calendar years, beginning on January 1st of every odd numbered year.
- Dental services beyond annual limits will be covered when emergency services are needed to relieve pain.
- PWD and PPMB who have a dental condition that cannot be corrected through basic dental services and have a medical condition that prevents the use of a removable denture are also eligible for funding for crown and bridgework.
- PWD and PPMB are eligible for funding for partial dentures, replacement dentures, or reline/re-base of dentures, based on the ministry’s fee schedule.
- Through Medical Services Only coverage, certain categories of former recipients of income or disability assistance may retain eligibility for dental coverage when they leave assistance.
Basic Dental Coverage – Children
- Dependent children under 19, including those receiving Child in Home of a Relative assistance and children eligible for dental services under the BC Healthy Kids Program have a $1400 maximum limit every two years, beginning on January 1st of every odd numbered year, starting in 2009.
Additional Dental Coverage
- Children and persons with disabilities who require dental treatment in a hospital or private facility under a general anaesthetic are eligible for an additional $1000 per year, to cover the cost of treatment.
- All clients who have had their complete upper and/or lower arch of teeth extracted in the previous six months for the relief of pain on recommendation of a dentist are eligible for funding for complete dentures (single or full) according to the ministry’s fee schedule.
- All other income assistance clients and individuals receiving hardship assistance are eligible for emergency dental services to relieve pain.
Ministry’s Fee Schedule
- Rates paid to dentists only apply to services for eligible clients under the BC Employment and Assistance Program’s dental program.
- Rates are paid directly to dentists by the Ministry of Housing and Social Development to provide better access to dental services. This is not a reimbursement program requiring clients to pay up front and submit a claim.
To find out if you are eligible to access this program, contact your local practitioner.