Old Age Pension Dental Assistance Program
The Old Age Pension (OAP) Dental Assistance Program was established by legislation in 1977 to provide dental care (dentures and related services) to senior citizens who receive Old Age Pension public assistance. This legislation was instituted to improve the oral health of the low-income elderly of Colorado (CRS 25-21-104).
The Oral Health Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment manages the dental component of the Old Age Pension Program (OAP) providing grants to eligible grantees for the provision of dental services to seniors eligible for OAP. The governor-appointed Dental Advisory Committee helps determine rules for the Old Age Pension Program which requires approval by the Board of Health. Approved procedures and maximum allowable fees are set in statute rules (CRS 25-21-105). Clients may be asked to pay a co-payment not to exceed 20% of the maximum allowable fee.
To qualify for the Old Age Pension Dental Program, an individual must be 60 years or older, live in Colorado, and receive Old Age Pension public assistance from the state of Colorado. Interested seniors should contact their County Department of Social Services for eligibility information.