Dental care directly related to to transplant needs.
The Dental Assistance Program provides grants to both pre-transplant candidates and post-transplant recipients to assist in accessing appropriate dental care directly related to their transplant needs.
Chronically ill patients, often living on a fixed income, cannot afford extra dental costs, yet they must be cleared from a dental perspective to be eligible for transplant. The program allows patients to move forward with the work they need done in order to have their dental health restored, thus accelerating their listing for transplant. Follow-up care, including routine cleanings, are the patient’s financial responsibility.
- The patient must be a permanent Georgia resident.
- Solid organ transplant candidate and recipient.
- Proof of financial need.
- Evidence of need related to transplant.
- Pre-transplant patients: to be eligible for the Dental Assistance Program, dental needs must be the FINAL item required by your transplant center to be listed for transplant.
- Post-transplant patients: there must be a serious health threat, such as risk of infection, that is documented by your transplant center in order to be eligible for the Dental Assistance Program.
PROCESS & GUIDELINES
Step 1: Treatment Plan
Patient will schedule an appointment with a dentist and obtain a plan of treatment. This appointment is at the patient’s expense, GTF does not cover the cost of this visit.
Step 2: Dental Provider
If willing to provide services at the documented fees, the dentist signs the Dental Provider Agreement Form and returns it, along with the treatment plan, to the patient to attach with the application to GTF.
Step 3: Fill Out Application
Patient completes the Dental Assistance Application (online or by download below) and submits it to their transplant social worker/coordinator with the signed agreement from the dentist and treatment plan for dental needs.
Step 4: Review
GTF reviews the application and notifies the requesting social worker/coordinator of the decision. GTF must approve your dental work before you begin treatment or you will be responsible for the cost.
Step 5: Approval
GTF sends letter to dentist outlining the amounts agreed upon for payment.
Approval is valid for 90 days. Only the services listed on the original agreed upon treatment plan are covered by GTF.
Step 6: Treatment Completion
Upon completion of all treatment, the dental provider will send the final bill to GTF for payment of the agreed upon amount. GTF will pay the invoice within ten (10) business days of receipt.
The patient notifies their transplant center of the completion of their dental work.