Medicaid is a government-funded program that provides healthcare coverage to millions of qualifying Americans. The program covers adults, children, pregnant women, and the elderly. Through Medicaid’s services, families and individuals who qualify have access to proper medical and dental care services alike.
Although most people associate Medicaid health and medical insurance, it is important to know that it includes dental care services as well.
Under the Medicaid program, all states are mandated to provide children with basic dental care packages. However, each state has varied dental coverage for adults.
Children’s basic dental care services under Medicaid include: treatment of tooth infections, restoration of carious teeth, and periodic maintenance of oral health through oral prophylaxis and sealants.Which dental services Medicaid will cover all depends on where you live. It is best to check with your state to find out the exact Medicaid coverage they can provide for your child’s needs.
You may visit healthcare.gov/screener/ to check if you or your child is eligible for Medicaid services. You may also check the same site for the healthcare coverage your state provides. If you are qualified, you can get started right away by filling out the application form on the website.
Unfortunately, no. Dentists only receive a small compensation for treatments under the Medicaid program. Thus, not all dental professionals accept it under their practice.
Kool Smiles has over 120 dental partners, all of which accept patients under the Medicaid program. Check out our list of dental clinic locations to find a partner closest to you!
Our partners understand that every child deserves quality dental treatment. That’s why our offices a variety of options, and children that are not eligible for Medicaid can still have quality dental care under the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). CHIP coverage and benefits differ depending on each state just like Medicaid. Today, many dental clinics already provide flexible payment options to make dental treatment affordable for you and your child.
All our partners proudly accept patients with Medicaid but you don’t need any type of coverage or insurance for your or your child’s visit. Patients can choose to pay through cash, credit card, or CareCredit. Our partners also accept TRICARE and other forms of major insurance. For any questions regarding Medicaid, and its coverage, or how to set an appointment with our partner dentists, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our friendly team members are happy to guide you through all your different options for quality dental care