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July 8, 2022 News DentistryNews

Ontario Plans for Portable Benefits, Talks Next Steps on Sick Days: Labour Minister

by Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

Ontario is committing to offering “portable benefits” for workers, the returning labour minister says, and is mulling next steps for a soon-to-expire sick leave program. In an interview with The Canadian Press on Thursday, Monte McNaughton discussed labour plans for

May 25, 2022 News News

Ontario Dental Association Calls on Province to Fix Existing Dental Programs, Before Launching Any New Ones

by CBC

All three of Ontario’s main parties are promising to provide dental care to more people should they form government after the election, but the president of the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) said the province should fix its existing dental programs

March 28, 2022 News DentistryNews

How the Federal Dental Plan Could Impact British Columbians

by CBC

Dentists who work with low-income communities say they are hopeful a federal dental plan announced this week will help their clients, but still have questions about how it will work. A new Liberal-NDP “supply-and-confidence” agreement will see the New Democrats support the

March 25, 2022 News DentistryNews

Faculty Experts Weigh in on Liberal-NDP Dental Plan

by University of Toronto

The federal government recently announced the launch of a new dental care program for low-income Canadians. The Faculty’s dental public health experts agree it is good news for Canadians and for our oral health care system. “It’s a long time coming,” says

March 24, 2022 News Dental CareNewsOral Health

Quebec Premier Promises to Fight Ottawa Over Dental and Pharmacare Plans

by Canoe.com

A battle is brewing between the federal government and the provinces over control of health care. A deal reached Tuesday between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh infringes on provincial jurisdiction and doesn’t have a future,

March 23, 2022 News Dental CareNewsOral Health

Liberals Agree to Launch Dental Care Program in Exchange for NDP Support

by CBC

The Liberals have agreed to launch a new dental care program for middle- and low-income Canadians and advance a number of other NDP priorities in exchange for New Democrats propping up the federal government until 2025. “We’ve agreed to work

March 23, 2022 News NewsOral Health

CDA Responds to Federal Government Considering New Federal Dental Program

by Canadian Dental Association

Oral health is a vital part of overall health, and all Canadians have a right to good oral health. We support efforts to improve access to dental care for those who need it most, such as seniors, children, those with

March 23, 2022 News NewsOral Health

CDHA Applauds LPC and NDP for Prioritizing Oral Health Care in Agreement


The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) applauds today’s announcement by the Prime Minister of an agreement reached between the Liberal Party of Canada and the New Democratic Party that prioritizes a new oral health care program for low-income Canadians, including

February 10, 2022 News InsuranceNews

Getting Dental Care a Major Problem for a Third of Torontonians, Report Says

by CBC

A lack of insurance coverage is forcing more than a third of people in Canada’s largest city to go without dental care, a new report says. About 35 per cent of residents don’t have dental insurance, forcing many to avoid the dentist

February 4, 2022 News News

Ontario Designing ‘Portable Benefits’ Plan for Workers Who Don’t Have Coverage

by CityNews

Ontario intends to develop a “portable benefits” system for workers who don’t have health, dental or vision coverage, with the package intended to move with the individuals if they change jobs. The concept was recommended in a recent report from

October 29, 2021 News DentistryNews

Getting Dental Coverage Added to Medicare Faces Pushback From Some Dentists

by NPR

Health equity advocates see President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to provide dental coverage to those on Medicare, nearly half of whom did not visit a dentist in 2018 — well before the pandemic paused dental appointments

August 24, 2021 News DentistryNews

All Scots Under Age of 26 Now Entitled to Free Dental Care

by PA Media

About 600,000 young Scots can now get dental care free of charge, the Scottish Government has announced, as ministers pledged more cash to help the sector recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Dentists are to receive a further

August 24, 2021 News DentistryNews

Increases to Eligibility Limits Give More Seniors a Reason to Smile

by Kawartha Lakes This Week

More seniors in the Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland areas are now eligible to access free dental care, thanks to recently announced new income limits. The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is promoting new income limits that increase eligibility

July 15, 2021 News DentistryNews

Canada Life Announces Agreement to Acquire ClaimSecure Inc.

by Canada Life

The Canada Life Assurance Company (Canada Life), a subsidiary of Great-West Lifeco Inc., has reached an agreement to acquire ClaimSecure Inc. (ClaimSecure), an industry-leading healthcare management firm that provides health and dental claim management services to private and public businesses

June 28, 2021 News DentistryNews

Dental, Vision and Hearing Benefits for Medicare

by CityNews

Many working-age people assume that Medicare covers just about every kind of health care that an older person may need. It doesn’t. Some of the biggest gaps involve dental, vision and hearing services. Medicare does not cover dental cleanings or root

May 6, 2021 News DentistryNews

Liberals Signal They Won’t Support NDP Dental Care Motion

by iPolitics

The Liberal government indicated on Tuesday that it’s uninterested in supporting an NDP motion calling for the creation of a federal dental care program, and that, instead, it wants a parliamentary committee to study the idea. M-62, the dental care

April 9, 2021 News DentistryNews

Canadians Should Be Able to Access Dental Care with a Health Card Instead of a Credit Card

by The Conversation

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised Canadians’ anxiety levels: anxiety about contracting the virus, financial hardship and isolation. But one thing Canadians don’t have to worry about is how they’ll pay for essential health care if they need it. For that, at

March 10, 2021 News News

Dire Dental Coverage Needs

by Casey Richardson, Castanet

A Penticton mom has started a petition hoping to see better dental coverage from the government, after finding out that her seven-year-old daughter’s cleft palate surgeries weren’t covered by medical care either through the provincial or federal governments. Arrin Morcombe,

February 3, 2021 News Dental CareNews

Jagmeet Singh Wants Millions Of Canadians To Have Access To Free Dental Care ASAP

by Helena Hanson, Narcity

Jagmeet Singh is calling on the prime minister to implement free dental care in Canada for the “millions” of Canadians who have no coverage. In a tweet shared on February 2, the NDP leader urged the Liberal government to “introduce comprehensive dental care as part of

January 16, 2020 News News

Fewer Nova Scotians Using Children’s Dental Coverage as New Oral Health Strategy Work Begins

by Global News

As the province develops its first oral health strategy, new numbers show that fewer and fewer Nova Scotians are taking advantage of existing oral health services for children. The Department of Health and Wellness expanded dental coverage for children 14