New dental program closes gap for Oregon veterans without oral health care
Veterans who don’t qualify for Oregon’s health plan can begin applying for a state-funded dental program that began November 1.
There “Dental Program for Veteransis a first in the state and aims to fill a gap in veterans’ access to oral health care. Dental benefits are separate and distinct from those offered by the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
Eligible applicants must meet the definition of a veteran as defined by Oregon statutes, except they may still be eligible if released on honorable or other terms. Qualified veterans must also be at least four times the federal poverty level.
The Veteran Dental Program is administered by the Oregon Health Authority. Those who qualify will begin receiving dental services such as cleanings, fillings and extractions, beginning January 1, 2023. To apply, veterans can visit one.oregon.gov to sign in or create an account or receive an application in the mail by calling OHP Customer Service at 1-800-699-9075. Those who need help completing an application can get it through a network of certified local community partners across the state. You can find a community partner at bit.ly/ohplocalhelp
The Veterans Dental Program was created when Oregon House Bill 4095 passed in the 2022 legislative session.
For more information visit: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HSD/OHP/Pages/Dental-Programs.aspx.