Here are some other resources to help Vermonters pay for dental care.
Medicaid (Green Mountain Care): Children with Dr. Dynasaur insurance, young adults on Medicaid up to age 21, and pregnant Vermonters have dental benefits. These include preventative visits, x-rays, treatments, restorations, oral surgery and orthodontics. Most special dental procedures need a prior authorization from your dentist. There is no yearly limit.
Adults with Medicaid insurance have dental benefits up to $1,000 per calendar year. Also, two cleanings and two preventive dental exams are free each year and don’t count towards your $1,000 cap. Vermont Medicaid covers cleanings, x-rays, fillings and other services to keep your teeth healthy. There is a $3 copay for dental visits. Ask your dentist if they accept Medicaid insurance. You may also need a prior authorization for some dental procedures.
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 help 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 help 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 helps people apply for Springfield Medical Care Systems Dental Financial Assistance through the Ludlow and Chester dental clinics. Valley Health has additional dental financial help that is provided to Springfield Medical Care Systems patients depending on the availability of funds. 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): Veterans enrolled in the VA health care system and CHAMPVA beneficiaries can buy dental insurance at a lower cost through VADIP. The VADIP program has been extended through 2021. Enrollment is voluntary and it does not affect your eligibility for Veteran Health Administration dental services. Please note: If you were enrolled before in the VADIP pilot program, you must re-enroll to continue with VADIP.