Health Canada clarifies eligibility for seniors under national dental care plan – CBC

Those who purchased insurance themselves — or opted out of pension programs they can’t rejoin — will qualify

Mar 06, 2024

The federal government has posted updated information online on who is eligible for Canada’s national dental care plan.

The additional details come after seniors raised concerns about whether their existing private dental insurance plans disqualified them from the public plan.

A spokesperson for Health Canada told CBC News that people who purchased private dental insurance plans on their own will qualify for the national program — but only after their existing private policies are no longer in effect.

Those with access to private dental coverage through their work or professional organizations remain ineligible for the Canadian Dental Care Plan. They’re ineligible even if they decided to opt out of their private insurance, haven’t made a claim, or have to pay a premium, the website says.

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