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HPEPH to Begin Providing Dental Services for Low Income Seniors

Senior man at the dentist

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/November 20, 2019 – Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is pleased to launch the new Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP) for low-income seniors. This program, which is being funded by the Ministry of Health, will provide free dental care to low income seniors.

The OSDCP will be rolled out in a phased approach. Beginning on November 20, 2019, access to the full range of dental services will vary across the province. The program will continue to expand in the coming year.

To be eligible for the program, seniors must be 65 or older, residents of Ontario, and have no other form of dental benefits. Single applicants must have an annual income of $19,300 or less, while couples must earn $32,300 or less. Seniors must apply to ensure they meet qualification criteria. Once approved, clients will be mailed a welcome package and a dental card. Once seniors receive their OSDCP card, they will be able to book an appointment with Hastings Prince Edward Public Health.

Interested individuals can apply online, print and mail a form, or visit one of the HPEPH offices. Additional application information is available at hpePublicHealth.ca/seniorsdental.

“To support the initial launch and application process, Public Health will be holding application clinics, where seniors can complete the application and medical history forms” says Shelly Brown, Healthy Families Program Manager at Hastings Prince Edward Public Health. “The first clinics will be held on December 6th from 9am-4pm at the Belleville office (179 North Park Street), and December 11th from 9am-4pm at the Quinte West office (499 Dundas Street West).

To book an appointment for the application clinic, call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803 ext. 680. For more information, please visit hpePublicHealth.ca/seniorsdental.

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Media Contact:
Emily Tubbs, Communications Specialist
613-966-5500 x 464 or 613-848-2398
etubbs@hpeph.ca

About Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is a public health agency that serves the counties of Hastings and Prince Edward from four local offices. We monitor the health of our local population, deliver programs and services within our communities, and help develop healthy public policies. We provide information and support in many areas to help improve the health and well-being of our residents. Together with our communities, we help people become as healthy as they can be. For more information, please visit hpePublicHealth.ca. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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