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05/12/2010

Earlier this week, DrBicuspid.com broke the news that the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act, which was signed into law on May 5, will include a three-year pilot program on providing dental insurance to veterans. Here is an excerpt from the article at DrBicuspid.com

The insurance program will be voluntary, and the VA "will contract with a dental insurer" to administer the plan, charging premiums high enough to cover its cost.
VA spokesman Drew Brookie said he had no information yet beyond the text of the bill itself, which leaves unclear such key questions as where the pilot program will take place and how patients and providers can sign up.

Covered benefits will include at minimum diagnostic, preventive, endodontic, and other restorative services, as well as surgical and emergency services.

Currently, veterans are only eligible for dental benefits under one of the following circumstances: their dental needs result from their military service, their dental needs affect a covered medical condition, they are disabled or unemployable because of their service, or they are homeless or in rehabilitation. The VA directly employs a team of dentists. The new law specifically leaves these programs in place.

Under the terms of the new law, the pilot dental insurance program will start some time in the next 267 days and will last three years.


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