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Lifelong Dental Program

We want to see you smile.

According to the Surgeon General of the United States, overall health cannot be achieved without good oral health.  Good oral health is especially important for people living with HIV/AIDS.  Soreness, pain, and missing teeth can keep us from eating the foods that keep us healthy, and if an infection in the mouth goes untreated, it can cause problems in other parts of the body.  Additionally, missing teeth can cause unnecessary embarrassment and stigmatization. 

The Lifelong Dental Program (LDP) is a newly established, comprehensive oral health access program for low income individuals living with HIV/AIDS who reside in King, Island, and Snohomish Counties.  Services are offered at select, contracted providers in each county. Funding for this program has been made available as a result of grant awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, and Public Health – Seattle King County.

Program Eligibility
To be eligible for the program, clients must:

  • Be a resident of King, Island, or Snohomish Counties
  • Have an income less than 400% of Federal Poverty Level
  • Be HIV positive

Individuals whose income is less than 400% of the Federal Poverty Level may still qualify for the Early Intervention Program (EIP) Dental Program. Please check with the Washington State Department of Health EIP for more information. Learn more about EIP.

Documentation Necessary for Establishing Eligibility

  1. HIV Status:  Consumers served under this funding stream must provide documentation of HIV positive serostatus. Examples of acceptable documentation include positive HIV EIA with confirming Western Blot or Multispot test results; RNA-PCR or Branched DNA test showing detectable HIV viral load; lab report indicating HIV positive status or via signed letter indicating confirmation of HIV status from a licensed primary care provider in Washington State.
     
  2. Income Eligibility:  Ryan White Part A-funded services must be provided to individuals with an annual gross household income at or below 400% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Acceptable eligibility documentation of the client’s total income should include one or more of these documents.
     
  3. Residence in King, Island, or Snohomish Counties.  Consumers served under this funding stream must provide documentation of residence in King, Island, or Snohomish Counties. Individuals with HIV disease who are homeless may be served under this funding stream if King, Island, or Snohomish Counties is considered the primary location in which the individual/family is living. Acceptable documentation of residency eligibility includes one of these forms of documentation.

    Please work with your case manager to complete an application.If you do not have a case manager, you should download your application from this website and contact the LDP coordinator for assistance.  The application form must be fully completed for enrollment (please fill in all the boxes), attach the documentation required for eligibility (proof of income, proof of residency, and HIV status verification), and send the information to the attention of:

    Lifelong Dental Program
    PO Box 80547
    Seattle, WA 98108

    Or, you may choose to fax the materials to (206) 323-0158.

    Enrollment confirmation letters will be mailed to clients, and copies of enrollment letters will be sent to case managers (if you have an active case manager). Once eligibility is determined, the LDP Coordinator will help clients set their first dental appointment.

     

    Download Your Application

    Download Your Application in Spanish

    LDP Fee Schedule

     

    Setting up your Dental Appointment

    • The Coordinator will call you to make a conference call with a contracting dental office, and the Coordinator will work to schedule an initial appointment with the client on the phone.
    • When the appointment is scheduled, the Coordinator will send the dental office a confirmation message.
    • The Coordinator will also work to remind the client of their dental appointments. The LDP does not have funds for transportation. 
    • After the initial appointment set-up with the help of the LDP Coordinator, the client can make all follow-up appointments on their own.
    • Clients should call the LDP Coordinator with all future appointment information. The LDP Coordinators can be reached at (206) 957-1716 or (206) 957-1719.

    Eligible clients should contact their case manager for assistance applying to the LDP.  Those who are not currently working with a case manager should contact the LDP Coordinator at (206) 957-1719 to apply.  The LDP Coordinator will work with enrolled clients to set an appointment with a participating dental clinic.

    Questions regarding the Lifelong Dental Program?  Please call the LDP Manager at (206) 957-1715 or send us a message. We are receiving dozens of calls a day and may not be able to call you back right away, but we will return your call within 48 hours.