Vermonters also have some other resources to help pay for dental care, listed here.
Health Assistance Program (HAP): The Health Assistance Program, run through the University of Vermont Medical Center, provides financial assistance for health care. It includes dental care and dentures. The program is for Vermonters with incomes up to 400% of the federal poverty level. You can call HAP at 802-847-6984.
UVM Medical Center Dental & Oral Health Clinic: This clinic in South Burlington offers a 25% discount on their fees to patients who don’t have insurance. They also accept financial assistance from the medical center's Health Assistance Program. Visit the clinic’s website or call them at 802-847-1777.
Dental Restorative Days: The Vermont Dental Hygienists’ Association hosts annual dental restorative days for the general public. Services may include fillings, crowns, bridges, implants and dentures. On those days, the association screens patients to see what their needs are, takes necessary x-rays and develops treatment plans. Visit the association’s website or call them at 802-288-8903.
Area Agencies on Aging: For Vermonters over age 60, the Area Agencies on Aging sometimes have financial assistance for dentures or other dental work. Call 1-800-642-5119 to be connected to your local agency.
The Independence Fund: The Independence Fund through Opportunities Credit Union provides affordable loans to help Vermonters buy assistive equipment, including dentures. For more information and guidelines, call 802-865-3404, ext. 141.
Gifford Medical Center Affordable Care Program: The Affordable Care Program provides dental help to residents of the Gifford Medical Center service area in central Vermont and the Upper Valley, and sometimes to people who live outside that area. They provide referrals to dentists and have limited funds available for emergency dental care. Visit the program’s website or call them at 802-728-2323.
Valley Health Connections: Valley Health Connections provides referrals to dentists and help with paying for dental care to residents of the Springfield Hospital service area. Visit their website or call 802-885-1616.
Ottauquechee Health Foundation: Good Neighbor Grants are available to help pay for dental care for people in financial need who live in a certain area. The towns include: Barnard, Bridgewater, Hartland, Killington, Plymouth, Pomfret, Reading, Woodstock and the Village of Quechee. Visit the Good Neighbor Grant website for an application or call 802-457-4188.
General Assistance Funds: If you have dental pain, infection or bleeding and your income is low, you may be eligible for a General Assistance voucher for dental extractions. To apply for the voucher, contact your local Community Action Agency or a Vermont Economic Services Division (ESD) District Office.
VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP): Enrolled veterans (not including dependents) and CHAMPVA beneficiaries were able to buy dental insurance at a lower cost through VADIP. The VADIP pilot program began January 1, 2014, and ended January 31, 2017. If you were enrolled in VADIP at the end of the pilot period, you could continue your coverage for up to 12 months – not to exceed January 31, 2018 – depending on the terms of your dental plan. VA is working on a new VADIP contract. You can’t enroll in VADIP until it is done. VA will announce the private insurance providers and new enrollment timelines when a new contract is ready.