News release

New Administrator for Provincial Public Dental Programs

A new service provider will carry out government's publicly insured dental programs.

Green Shield Canada was selected through a public tender issued in December 2015. The three-year contract comes into effect June 1.

Green Shield Canada is expected to provide enhanced services, while saving government $700,000 to $900,000 over the three years.

"Nova Scotians who use insured dental programs will not see any change to their current benefits as a result of the transition to a new adminstrator," said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. "In addition, we believe this partnership provides good value for Nova Scotians."

Basic dental care is available for children 14 years old and younger.

Services covered once a year include one dental examination, two x-rays, one preventive service such as a cleaning, and fillings. Sealant applications on permanent molars that meet the guidelines are covered.

Green Shield Canada is a not-for-profit organization that provides drug, dental, extended health care, vision, hospital and travel benefits for groups and individuals, as well as administration services.

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A new service provider will carry out government's publicly insured dental programs.

Green Shield Canada was selected through a public tendering process.

Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine says Nova Scotians will not see any changes to their current services, although government will see a three-year savings of $700,000 to $900,000.

Basic dental care is available for children 14 years of age and younger.

The three-year contract is effective June 1.

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