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    Default Free Dental Services for Children

    FYI the Middlesex-London Health Unit is promoting a newish program called Healthy Smiles Ontario to provide dental health care for children for those parents who would be otherwise unable to afford it. They have a pamphlet outlining all of the details, but I am just going to post the basics and those who are interested can contact the Health Unit themselves:

    Eligibility:
    - residents of Ontario
    - household with an Adjusted Family Net Income of $20,000 or less
    - do not have access to dental care through other sources like Ontario Works, Ontario Disability, Children in Need of Treatment

    How to Enroll:
    - Complete the "Healthy Smiles Ontario Program Application Form" at ontario.ca/healthysmiles or at the Health Unit on King Street
    -Provide child's health card # or other government issued ID AND GST Entitlement Notice/Child Tax Benefit Notice AND mortgage, rental, lease agreement or hydro/gas bill
    - Provide photo ID for each parent

    Services Covered:
    - regular dental visits, cleanings, fillings, x-rays, scaling

    Not Covered:
    - cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics

    Emergency oral health issues might be covered under the Children In Need of Treatment Program.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO START ENROLMENT:

    Middlesex-London Health Unit, Oral Health Team
    (519) 663-5317 ext. 2231

    The woman who provided this information to me was at an OEYC playgroup and is a member of the Oral Health Team. Her name is Joan Carruthers and her extension is 2232.

    If you know anyone who could use this information, please pass it along!

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    What a great service!

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    Thank you for sharing, this is awesome. Maybe we could make it a sticky or something, if the mods have any energy left after today ahem dr muffy...


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    Is this to replace the CINOT program? If so, that really sucks. CINOT did not care if you made a lot of money - all that mattered is you had no health coverage.

    I liked that, because sometimes dental care can become a huge cost and not one that's easy to budget for.
    Now it's again isolating a lot of kids as not elligible for help, but that doesn't mean those kids are getting help from their parents when needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by *allie* View Post
    Is this to replace the CINOT program? If so, that really sucks. CINOT did not care if you made a lot of money - all that mattered is you had no health coverage.

    I liked that, because sometimes dental care can become a huge cost and not one that's easy to budget for.
    Now it's again isolating a lot of kids as not elligible for help, but that doesn't mean those kids are getting help from their parents when needed.
    I don't think so...the pamphlet says that if you are covered under CINOT then you are not covered by Healthy Smiles. The Health Unit would be the place to ask, though.

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    what a neat program wonder if it is available in Elgin County might phone and ask.
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    Healthy Smiles Ontario - Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Here's the online info about the program including a downloadable, printable registration form to mail to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annie View Post
    what a neat program wonder if it is available in Elgin County might phone and ask.
    Upsidedownmuffin's link says it all (thanks for posting it!) but Elgin-St. Thomas is on the list of health units spearheading the initiative.

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    wonderful waiting for my income tax return to come in... and then viola!
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    What is 'household with an Adjusted Family Net Income of $20,000 or less'. I don't understand the adjusted part.

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    I found this definition on the child tax benefit website. I'm having a hard time finding much else but I guess it gives you an idea.

    What is adjusted family net income?

    For the purposes of determining how much money you will receive for the Ontario Child Benefit, adjusted family net income is defined as:
    The net income amount on line 236 of the Canada Revenue Agency personal income tax form for both you and your spouse/common-law partner if applicable minus any federal Universal Child Care Benefit payments.
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    It does not replace CINOT...the twins used the cinot program for their cavities and teeth that needed to be replaced, while we waited for them to be placed on the Healthy Smiles program. Healthy Smiles covers the regular treatments, CINOT is emergency....Both are great programs...now if they only had one for adults

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    Sounds like a good program to have...
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    I'm going to call now. thanks so much

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