For a fair portion of Americans, dental insurance is something that doesn’t fall into their budget considerations, since the options with the most benefits are more expensive. Yet they run the risk of a host of recurring tooth and gum problems if they don’t go to the dentist! There is help out there for them – Medicaid can help achieve dental goals.
First of all, here are a few basic facts about Medicaid:
- They help low-income people of all types, including children and families.
- The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) program plays a big part in the children being able to get the help they need.
- Each state determines what Medicaid covers, with some of them only allowing for emergency medical procedures. Ohio, fortunately, is not one of those states .
In Ohio, Medicaid can help people get dental services for things like tooth infections, teeth restoration and also checkups to keep their teeth and gums healthy. The regular checkups fall under an insurance category called: “maintenance of dental health”. This is all part of a benefit called Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT). Additionally, a child who has been determined to need dental treatment or services of any kind has to be given that, even if Medicaid doesn’t cover it. Ohio Medicaid regulations require that treatment not only be confined to dental emergencies.
There are options for help when it comes to other services like dentures. Medicaid can cover some of the cost of dentures, since they are considered a less expensive alternative to dental implants. They do cover the following in Ohio:
- Teeth cleanings
- Fillings or crowns
- Dental surgery
- Root Canals
Since the requirements vary by state, it’s always best to have a clear idea of what is covered and what is not, so that if something does happen, there won’t be any surprises when reaching the dentist’s office or a hospital. Also, there are some limitations in some states, like only one crown every five years. Foreknowledge can also aid in thinking what treatment could be done so that the entire incident can go smoothly.
The staff at US Dental Medical understands that what Medicaid does cover can be confusing – that’s why they will take the time to help explain it to all of their patients. They will do this to prevent any unnecessary costs and will ensure that everything is explained in a simple and straightforward manner before any procedures are performed.
When it comes to treating patients, US Dental Medical has their motto right there on the front page of their site: “No Insurance? No Problem.” They also accept all Medicaid Insurance and they offer special rates for self-pay patients.