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
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