Dentist near Mesquite, Texas welcomes individuals and families with Medicaid coverageBy Dr. Vidya Suri
A word on MedicaidThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report that Medicaid covers more than 66 million people. Unlike Medicare, which generally extends coverage to Americans aged sixty-five and older, Medicaid provides coverage to individuals of all ages – from children to older adults with disabilities. Funded jointly by federal and state governments, Medicaid is operated by the respective state where you live. Eligibility requirements differ from state to state, but individuals and families may qualify based on their income and assets, and other factors, such as disability status and age.
Garland family dentist Kings Dental also accepts CHIP, which is the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Together with Medicaid, these programs provide free or low-cost coverage. More than four million Texans benefit from CHIP and Medicaid. While a small co-pay may be required, eligible patients typically don’t pay for any covered medical expenses. Mandatory benefits include inpatient and outpatient hospital services, lab work and X-rays, and early and periodic screenings and diagnostics.
Taking a bite out of dental costsWe at Kings Dental know how much your mouth can affect the rest of your body. When your teeth are causing pain, you can’t sleep, work, or perform your best at school. We also understand how dental diseases can make existing conditions worse, or contribute to them developing in the first place.
A nod to the importance of dental health to overall health, Texas and other states are required to provide dental benefits to children on Medicaid and CHIP. These services fall under the comprehensive “Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment benefit.” It’s important to keep in mind that, while oral screenings may be part of your child’s physical exam, they are not substitutes for visiting us. Only a dentist like Dr. Suri is equipped to appropriately examine and accurately detect potential underlying problems. Early detection is usually associated with less time in the treatment chair and trauma, and avoids the need for more extensive treatment to resolve conditions.
At minimum, covered dental services for children aged twenty and younger include:
- Relief from pain and infections
- Tooth restorations
- Maintenance of oral health
Texans aged twenty-one and older with physical, intellectual, developmental, mental, and other disabilities who also qualify for Medicaid are eligible to benefits ranging from dental visits and prescriptions, to lab and X-ray charges, and dental care. Likewise, the same is true for adults aged sixty-five and older and with a long-term (one year or more) disability, or those caring for a child aged eighteen and younger.
DentaQuest Texas provides benefits for a wide range of care, including the “basics” like check-ups and professional cleanings; preventive treatments like fluoride and dental sealants; and to restore your oral health like crowns, root canal therapy, and extractions. Members are also eligible for dental care kits and gift cards that save money. MCNA Dental Texas also covers many of the services you and your family will need, including preventive and diagnostic treatments and therapies for cavities, gum pain, and even dental emergencies. They, too, encourage maximizing membership with complimentary dental kits and gift cards for dental products.
Get the quality care you deserveNotably, there are some services on this list that you may not see. Generally, cosmetic or elective treatments aren’t covered by insurance plans. Dr. Suri and her team are proud to offer competitive pricing. Kings Dental also emphasizes that a healthy smile is often a stunning smile – a great byproduct of keeping your teeth and gums at their healthy best.
Our team is experienced in working with insurance companies. We welcome your questions! Call (214) 703-6900.
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