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Cuts to Medical Coverage = fewer dentist visits

  

Cuts to Medical Coverage and Minimum Shelter Allowance

FromBC Coaltion for People with Disabilities

Following the March 2nd budget, the Ministry of Housing and Social Development announced it will be making a number of cuts to the health and medical services available to people receiving provincial disabilitybenefits and income assistance. The BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD) is very concerned about the impact that these changes will have on our community.

We are also disappointed at the lack of community consultation about these cuts. If you share our concerns, we invite you to write to Minister Coleman and your MLA. You can find your local MLA and Minister Coleman’s contact information by going to http://www.leg.bc.ca/Mla/3-1-1.htm.

The BCCPD is currently reviewing the new regulations in order to provide you with detailed information on the changes. In the meantime, here is a very brief list of some of the changes which will come into force on April 1st (unless we have indicated a different date).

Medical Equipment and Supplies

A broad range of medical equipment and supplies will no longer be funded by the Ministry. Those that will be funded must be the cheapest appropriate to the person’s needs and are listed in the regulations. Here are some examples of items that the Ministry will no longer fund:

  • diagnostic testing devices such as glucose meters
  • contraceptive devices (for example, IUDs)
  • pre-made orthotics.

Restrictions

In addition to changes to what the Ministry will fund, there will be restrictions, for example on:

  • how often the Ministry will repair or replace equipment
  • how much money the Ministry will spend on each item of equipment. For instance, motorized scooters valued at more than $3,500 will not be funded. To be eligible for a motorized scooter, a physician must say the applicant won’t need a wheelchair for 5 years.

Monthly Nutritional Supplement (MNS)

The eligibility requirements for the MNS have been tightened. For example:

  • loss of bone density will no longer count as a symptom
  • significant weight loss not significant weight change will be used to determine eligibility.
  • applicants will be required to demonstrate they have at least two symptoms, rather than one which is currently the case.

The MNS will be reduced by $20 because the Ministry will no longer fund bottled water. People currently receiving the bottled water supplement will receive it until May 31st 2010 only.

Medical Services: Time limits and Income-Testing

  • People with disabilities who leave assistance when they turn 65 and go on to the seniors’ pension, or people who leave provincial disability for Canada Pension Plan Disability will only keep their medical and dental coverage for one year, rather than permanently as is currently the case.
  • People with disabilities who leave assistance for employment will only keep their medical coverage if they are receiving Premium Assistance from the Medical Services Plan.

Dental Treatment

  • Cleaning, examinations and fluoride treatments will be reduced to once a year (currently twice a year).
  • X-ray coverage every 2 years (currently every year).

Shelter Allowance

The $75 monthly Shelter Allowance for people who don’t pay rent is eliminated as of June 1st 2010.

 

Community Dental Services for Children and Teens

  

Community Dental Services* for Children and Teens
Clinics Providing Dental Treatment with Reduced Fees – updated Oct 1, 2008


Mid Main Community Health Centre Dental Clinic 3998 Main St., Vancouver
www.midmaincommunityhealth.net
604-873-3602
Appointment Required, Complete Dentistry


Reach Centre Dental Clinic: 1145 Commercial, Vancouver
604-254-1331
Appointment Required, Complete Dentistry


UBC Dental Clinic-Faculty of Dentistry 2151 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver,  www.dentistry.ubc.ca/dental_clinic/faq.asp
604-822-2112
Prescreening needed. Must be 5 years or older Treatment by dental students
Basic Dentistry & Orthodontics Student Dentists
Certified Dental Assistant and Registered Dental Hygiene Programs offering reduced fees for children’s Preventive services. Services may include: x-rays, fissure sealants, polishing and fluoride treatments. Dental hygiene programs also include scaling and root planing.


University of the Fraser Valley Certified Dental Assisting Program Registered Dental Hygiene Program
45635 Yale Road, Chilliwack, V2P 6T4 www.ufv.ca
604-795-2829


Douglas College – Certified Dental Assistant Program 700 Royal Ave, New Westminster,V3M 5Z5
604-527-5464


CDI College- Certified Dental Assisting Program 101 – 4603 Kingsway , Burnaby 9180 King George Highway, Surrey
604-437-8585 604-585-8585


VCC Certified Dental Assisting Program 250 W. Pender St., Vancouver
604-443-8499


MTI Certified Dental Assisting Program 100-6446 Nelson Ave, Burnaby, V5H 3J5
604-437-6030


* Please call each facility for appointment times and hours of service. Ask if the facility offers reduced fees. Call the BC Dental Association @ 604-736-7202 for further listings
For information on dental + optical coverage for low income families call BC Healthy Kids Program 1-866-866-0800 press 4 then 2 www.eia.gov.bc.ca/bchealthy kids/


Compiled by Fraserhealth Community Dental Health Programs:
Delta: 604-507-5400, North Surrey: 604-587-7900, Langley: 604-539-2900, Abbotsford: 604-864-3400, Chilliwack: 604-702-4900, Burnaby: 604-918-7605, New Westminister/Tricities: 604-949-7200, Maple Ridge: 604-476-7000 For long distance, call Service BC 1-800-663-7867 and ask to be transferred to the closest health unit listed

Community Dental Services for Adults

  

Community Dental Services* for Adults
Clinics Providing Dental Treatment with Reduced Fees—Oct 1, 2008

Mid Main Community Health Centre 3998 Main St., Vancouver
www.midmaincommunityhealth.net
604-873-3602
Appointment required
Complete Dentistry


Reach Centre Dental Clinic: 1145 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
604-254-1331
Appointment required
Complete Dentistry


Vancouver Native Health Society 455 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
604- 255-9766
Fridays + Mondays only -drop ins, no appts. Starts 9:00 am, clinic closes at noon
Emergency and basic dentistry for relief of pain


UBC Dental Clinic-Faculty of Dentistry Specialty Clinic
2199 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver  www.dentistry.ubc.ca/dental_clinic/faq.asp
604-822-2112
Treatment by faculty dentists Appointment required for prescreening Open Sept – June
Specialty clinic (TMJ, orthodontics, endodontics – root canals, surgical extractions, implants)


UBC Dental Clinic- General Dentistry Emergency Dental Clinic 2151 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver
604 –822-2112,604-822-6917
Treatment by dental students Appointments must be made 2 working days in advance. Only 5 appointments taken each day
General dentistry – Sept to June

Emergency clinic Vancouver Community College (VCC) Dental Hygiene Program 250 W. Pender St., Vancouver

VCC Denturist Program
604-443-8499, 604-443-8500
Pre-screening done in Sept. and January Appointment required – Denturist program – for the public – reduced fees. Treatment by denturist students
Scaling, root planning, polishing, fluoride and x-rays (Sept. to June) Treatment by Dental Hygiene students, Low cost dentures: complete and partials dentures, repairs and relines


Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene 3030 East Broadway, Vancouver, V5M 1Z4
604-215-7611
Appointment required
Scaling, root planning, polishing, fluoride, and x-rays Treatment by Dental Hygiene students


University of the Fraser Valley www.ufv.ca Registered Dental Hygiene Program 45635 Yale Road, Chilliwack, V2P 6T4
604-795-2829
Free screening appointment required. Call for details.
Scaling, root planing, polishing, fluoride, fissure sealants and x-rays Treatment by Dental Hygiene students


* Please call each facility for appointment times and hours of service. Ask the facility if they offer reduced fees. Looking for a dentist? Ask friends or family, look in the Super Pages or call the BC Dental Association @ 604-736-7202


Some seniors are eligible for dental coverage through the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA); call 1-866-522-2122 for details.


Ministry of Human Resources clients – may be eligible for emergency or regular dental coverage – call your ministry worker or their office
Compiled by Fraserhealth Community Dental Health Programs
Delta: 604-507-5400, North Surrey: 604-587-7900, Langley: 604-539-2900, Abbotsford: 604-864-3400, Chilliwack: 604-702-4900, Burnaby: 604-918-7605, New Westminister/Tricities: 604-949-7200, Maple Ridge: 604-476-7000. For long distance call “Service BC” 1-800-663-7867 and ask to be transferred to a listed health unit

Collis-Curve Toothbrushes in Canada

  

The Collis-Curve Toothbrush is available in Canada from:

Aviva – Canada:  http://www.aviva.ca/shop/products.asp?itemid=9517

Kleenteeth – USA:  http://www.kleenteeth.com/brands/Collis-Curve.html

 

For find out more information about the features and advantages of the Collis-Curve toothbrush go to:

http://www.colliscurve.com/

 

Dental Benefits for people receiving PWD benefits in BC

  

Dental supplements

You will also be eligible for some dental supplements, or supplies
and services. Talk to an EAW as you may need to get MHSD approval first for some of these.


If you are receiving PWD you will be eligible for:

  • Dental care coverage of up to $1,000 every 2 years. This continues after you turn 65 years of age.
  • Your spouse will receive $1,000 of dental care coverage every 2 years.
  • If you are receiving PPMB you will be eligible for:
  • Dental care coverage of up to $1,000 every 2 years. This continues after you turn 65 years of age.

Dependant children of people receiving basic income assistance, PWD and PPMB are eligible for $700 per year dental coverage.

PWD and PPMB recipients may be eligible for crown and bridgework if their dental condition cannot be corrected by basic dental services and a removable prosthetic cannot be used for health reasons. This coverage continues after the age of 65.

  • Dentures:

  • complete or partial (extractions must have taken place within 6 months of applying)
  • denture relinement or rebaseing (every 2 years)
  • replacement dentures every 5 years (you must have been on income assistance or disability benefits for at least 2 years). Health Assistance Branch may approve exemptions to the once every 5 years replacement policy if the dentures being replaced were lost or damaged beyond repair, the loss or damage was beyond your control, and new dentures are needed to avoid health problems.
  • Emergency dental services for the immediate relief of pain

  • Orthodontic services (must be requested by your dental practitioner and authorized by the MHSD)

For more information about Supplementary Health Benefits for People with Disabilities see:

http://www.bccpd.bc.ca/helpsheet7.htm#dental

Need help with dental health?

  

*Updated December 2012*

Many parents – and even some service providers – are unaware that they can find help for their loved one with a developmental disability through the Dental Hygienist for Community Living in their Health Region. There is no referral needed to the Dental Hygienist. The Dental Hygienist can offer advice and support in many areas including:
• Suggestions and tools, tips and techniques for successful dental health in the home to promote independence and reduce cavities
• Recommendations and referrals to Dental Surgeons and Dentists who have hospital privileges in your area
• Recommendations to local dentists who are welcoming to children and adults with developmental disabilities
• The Hygienist will make home visits to demonstrate proper techniques and observe your family member in their home setting.

The Dental Hygienist for Community Living for the Fraser Health Region is:

Nishi Lal-Birdi
Home Health Care
400 – 11762 Laity Street
Maple Ridge, BC V2X 5A3
Phone: 604.476.7124
Fax: 604.476.7126
Email: nishi.lalbirdi@fraserhealth.ca