Yukon launches accessible dental care program for adults and children
The dental plan was a priority for the Yukon NDP in the 2021 election.
Yukon is launching a new dental program to provide all uninsured Yukoners with an annual benefit of $1,300 to cover basic and emergency care.
The program is for people with a gross annual income of less than $60,000 per year or families with two children with an income of less than $90,000.
People wishing to access the territorial program which took effect on January 4 should not have access to private dental insurance or the federal program which is for children 12 and under.
< p class="e-p">The program will cover the cost of examinations, dental cleanings, x-rays, tooth extractions and fillings, among other things. Simply fill out an online form to join the program.
Medicare Strategic Planning Director Stephen Doyle estimates that about 8,000 Yukoners are eligible to this new dental program.
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We have already received applications. We intend to treat them as quickly as possible to allow people to go to the dentist quickly, he says.
Dental care should be accessible to the whole population. The new program will improve the lives of large numbers of people by getting them the care they need in a timely manner, Health and Social Care Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee wrote in a statement, adding that the program will fill a gap in care.
The dental plan is one of the latest policies put forward by the new Yukon Democratic Party as part of the confidence and support (CASA) with the ruling Liberal Party.
This is a good example of the type of thing we were able to negotiate with CASA. It's a breakthrough that I don't think would happen today without CASA, says New Democrat Party Leader Kate White, who explains that the dental plan was one of the pillars of this agreement and a priority during the 2021 campaign.
With information from Claudiane Samson and Anna Desmarais