adult dental plan

NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) has a few choice words about changes to the Adult Dental Plan announced in a news release sent out by government just after 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Government has raised the ceiling on dental coverage, as often requested by Michael and colleague NDP Seniors Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre).

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) had more questions regarding government’s provision of dental care to residents of the province. Yesterday, Michael and a denturist held a news conference about the massive failure of a program which should make it possible for people to get the dentures they need.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) wants the current health minister to explain the many things that have gone wrong with the Adult Dental Program. She says patients and dental professionals alike are frustrated with long wait times and unclear procedures.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) spoke to media today about the chaos the government is causing for hundreds of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who have been told they qualify for dentures but feel betrayed because of increased red tape and processing delays that are often so long the claims expire and must be resubmitted.

 
NDP Seniors and Housing Critic Gerry Rogers

NDP Seniors Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says if government thinks Newfoundland and Labrador is experiencing a “golden age” financially, someone should ask the province’s senior citizens to comment.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John’s Centre.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The Member for St. John's Centre.

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NDP Health Critic Gerry Rogers

NDP Health Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says government’s abrupt reversal on the Adult Dental Plan has taken away the hope that thousands of people held all too briefly after the plan was introduced just over a year ago.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John’s Centre.
MS ROGERS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Mr. Speaker, the new adult dental plan introduced January 2012 had unprecedented uptake because people with low incomes could not afford their dental care. Did this government not cost out what the 2012 program would cost?

 

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