Program offers free dental care to veterans
Northeast Oregon Network
Wallowa Veteran's Services
People with questions about enrollment in the Oregon Veteran Dental Program can call the local Northeast Oregon Network (NEON) office at 541-398-2539 or the Wallowa Veterans Services office at 541-426-0539.
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They are encouraging veterans to contact their county or tribal Veterans Service Office to submit an application.
The program, known as the Oregon Veteran Dental Program, covers the same basic dental care that the state provides to Medicaid recipients through the Oregon Health Plan.
Annual teeth cleanings, fillings, extractions, dentures and emergency care are among the services available for free under the state's veteran dental plan. However, it does not cover more complex treatments such as bridges.
Vixen Bradford-Rex, the outreach and community enrollment specialist for Northeast Oregon Network (NEON),
"This is a limited pool, it is first-come, first-serve, they only have so much funding for this, so they are knitting the number of veterans that can apply. If that number gets filled, they will be put on a waiting list. It's really important that all of our veterans in Wallow County reach out to us and get signed up."
"All the studies show dental health improves mental and physical health; they are all closely tied together," Thorne said.
"It's very important for
The program is intended for veterans who earn too much to qualify for full Medicaid benefits, but who still struggle to afford the out-of-pocket costs of dental care.
A veteran can make up to about
Most veterans don't qualify for
Thorne and Bradford-Wecks are working to get the word out about the program.
"To know that a person can have an income and still qualify for this is amazing, Thorne said. "When I found out this is limited, I knew we needed to get this out to the public. We're looking at 600-1,200 veterans in
Added Bradford-Wecks: "I feel that one thing we really do well here in
Anyone with questions about enrollment should call the local Northeast Oregon Network (NEON) office at 541-398-2539 or the Wallowa Veterans Services office at 541-426-0539.
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