The purpose of the Veterans Dental
Program is to assist veterans whose dental health is a barrier to employment,
poses an immediate health risk, or significantly affects the overall well being
of the veteran. Eligible veterans will receive restorative dental service (not
maintenance and prevention) from local dentists participating in the program. If you are recieving Vocational Rehab, after 30 days in the program, you are eligible for dental services at the VA
Eligible veterans will have met the
The veteran and/or spouse and children under 18, must be eligible
for financial assistance through the Veterans Assistance Commission of Lake
The veteran must not have medical
insurance, be eligible for dental service from the VA, be eligible for and have
a reasonable expectation of receiving service from state, local, or agency dental
The veteran must have a discernable
need for dental service.
The applicant must be employable and
actively searching for full time employment as verified by the Illinois
Department of Employment Security. Individuals receiving Social Security
Income, Social Security Disability Insurance, VA disability compensation greater
than 60%,VA Non-Service Disability Pension, and students will not be considered
as actively looking for employment and therefore
be considered as the lowest priority for dental service.
The eligible applicant must be
willing to complete all phases of restorative dental service
A candidate for the program will be
provided an appointment with one of the participating dentists for a dental
screening. The patient must report to the appointment on time, sober, bathed,
and clean clothing. The dentist may perform a cleaning and x-rays to better
assess what needs to be done. The dentist will examine the candidate to
determine the most conservative treatment to restore the patient to good dental
health. The restoration process may take several months and require multiple visits.
There is a service cap of $4,000.00
per patient. The VAC will not be responsible for delays in dental care due to
patient negligence or failure to report to scheduled appointments. The VAC shall support
a dentist’s decision to refuse service to a candidate who does not cooperate
with the dentist or staff. The VAC shall pay for approved services within ten working
days upon receipt of an invoice from the dentist’s office. The Dentist will examine
a candidate to determine the scope of the individual’s dental service requirements.
The Dentist will provide the VAC with a brief assessment and a non-binding estimate
of what needs to be done and the cost.
The VAC will contact the Dentist’s
office to make an appointment on behalf of the patient. The Dentist will
provide an itemized invoice to the VAC for service showing the usual and customary
fee. Per agreement, the VAC will process the payment to the dental facility who provided services.