• How to a Get Government Grant for Dental Procedures


    December 16th, 2010adminarticles

    If you’re stuck in a financial pinch towards getting a major procedure done on your teeth/mouth, the United States government provides the opportunity for resident individuals to get free or subsidized dental procedures thru local community health programs.

    The government – instead of directly disbursing funds directly to people – regularly allocates public funding (by way of grants) to cause-driven bodies such as non-profit organizations, research groups, schools, religious foundations, and other for-a-cause associations. It is imperative for an individual to communicate with these groups in order to get informed if he/she is eligible for a dental financial grant.

    The inquiry process is broken down into the following steps:

    1. Communicate with local health groups (such as those mentioned above) or with state dental associations. State dental associations usually run a website that gives out directions about their mission, their head office, and also provide a contact form for easier correspondence. Start out locally, and then move on to contacting state health associations for the elevation of your case.

    2. State a valid reason for getting financial assistance. Emphasize that you are underinsured or are physically handicapped and cannot afford to pay immediately for a required dental procedure. Always take note of the important documents you need to bring with you during a visit to their head office.

    Clear copies of the tangible documents you need to present are:

    1. Proof of income

    2. Tax forms

    3. Pay stubs

    4. Proof of billing

    5. Proof of lease/residence

    Note: Seldom does the government allow full coverage for dental procedures. If you earn a low annual income, you can be granted sliding scale fees commensurate to your income; so, the lower your income, the higher your coverage and the less you need to pay. However, in some cases, you’ll need to foot a flat fee for select dental services, regardless of the annual income.

    3. Expect the worst, be persistent, write meticulously, and call courteously. Have someone knowledgeable in writing compose or edit a letter/email. It is important to get the attention of these associations by going straight to the nitty gritty of your concern. Otherwise, your email may be discarded. If you have not gotten a reply in two to three business days, you may have to personally visit their head office.

    4. Never be the one insisting on a compromise. Local health groups deal with people like you every day, so it’s a virtue to show them gratitude if they offer you help. Unless you want to be blacklisted, assert yourself, but do not irrationally quibble with them if they cannot do anything to help you. There are other organizations that you can seek help from – so it is important to list all down before you start calling them individually.