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In addition to standard health coverage to fulfill the Obamacare health insurance mandate that everyone be insured, other Medi-Cal benefits are also available, including dental benefits for eligible adults and children.
Does Medi-Cal Cover Dental?
Yes. For adults and children meeting eligibility requirements, dental benefits are available through Denti-Cal and include the following:
- Exams and X-rays
- Fluoride treatments
- Anterior root canals (front teeth)
- Prefabricated crowns
- Full dentures
- Other medically necessary dental services
Does Medi-Cal Cover Braces?
Yes. But, not everyone with Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal qualifies for benefits. A patient must first be evaluated to rate or degree of the malocclusion, which is a problem in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together in biting or chewing, such as an overbite or under bite. The way this is determined is by using measurable units known as a Labio-Lingual Deviations (HLD) index score.
Depending on the physically handicapping orthodontic defects and HLD score, Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal will either approve or disapprove the corrective action.
- Patients covered by a basic Denti-Cal program will be eligible for Orthodontic coverage. However, they must qualify with a Handicapping Labio-Lingual Deviation (HLD) index score of 26 points or more.
- Patients covered by a managed care plan through the Denti-Cal program, in certain cases, will not have orthodontic benefits. But, this can be remedied by simply changing dental plans.
- Children with severe health problems who qualify under the California Children’s Services (CCS) will have orthodontic coverage. But, they can’t qualify further without an HLD score of 26 points or more.
- Healthy Families dental coverage through CCS may provide orthodontic benefits with an HLD index score of at least 26 points or more.
Some of the HLD qualifications include:
- Patients must have lost all primary (baby) teeth or be at least 13 years old and not more than 21 years of age.
- HLD (Handicapping Labio-Lingual Deviation) index score must be 26 points or more.
- Damage to soft tissue has to apparently be the result of severe deep impinging overbite
- Overbite (overjet) must be greater than 9 mm.
You can learn more about available dental benefits by contacting your nearest Freeway Insurance agent or by visiting Denti-Cal.
How Do I Apply for Medi-Cal?
In order to receive Denti-Cal dental benefits you must first apply and qualify for Medi-Cal health insurance. Enrollment is open throughout the year so there is no waiting until next year if you miss the Covered California open enrollment for 2016 – which runs from November 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016. Applying is just a matter of meeting Medi-Cal income, immigration and California residency status requirements to qualify for no-cost or low-cost insurance.
Enrollment can be done in several ways. The first is by visiting your local County Human Services Agency. You can also go to the Covered California website at www.coveredca.com. Or, you can choose to contact your nearest Freeway Insurance agent to discuss your options and eligibility.
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