Dental health is an important puzzle piece in your child’s overall well-being and happiness, and our team at Killeen Children’s Dental & Orthodontics strongly believes that every young person should have access to this important care even if their family’s financial situation is precarious. That’s why we’re happy to work with Medicaid and CHIP coverage! By seeing your son or daughter for regular care, we hope to help them understand the importance of regular preventive care and also treat any serious dental problems they’re struggling with.
Our doctors and team members look forward to giving your family plenty of new reasons to smile! Please contact our Harker Heights, TX office today to schedule a first pediatric visit.
What is Medicaid?
Medicaid is funded directly by the United States government so that millions of low-income Americans can receive necessary health and dental services. Many people incorrectly assume that Medicaid is strictly focused on medical care, but it also includes valuable dental benefits for children! Some adults may also qualify for support, such as the caregivers of children, the disabled, and pregnant women. However, the scope of this coverage can vary greatly depending on where you are in the country.
How Does Dental Medicaid Work?
First, the parents will need to apply for Medicaid coverage in their state. You should have several available methods for doing this – including online applications, over the phone, or at physical locations in their local community – but these may vary depending on your state’s unique offerings. Once you’ve completed this step, your local agency will refer you to a dental office that works with Medicaid (such as Killeen Children’s Dental & Orthodontics) that’s geographically convenient. However, you are not required to visit that location if you’d prefer to travel elsewhere.
Medicaid coverage does require children to attend periodic checkups; if these appointments are not maintained, families will be at risk of losing their benefits. General maintenance, relief from serious dental pain and infections, and necessary dental restorations are always included in the coverage, although specific offerings will vary and should be confirmed with your agency.
As an alternative, parents may want to arrange CHIP coverage. This service is meant to support children whose families make too much money to qualify for Medicaid but not quite enough to afford other health insurances. Qualifying for this plan will depend on the child’s age, the family’s collective income, the size of the family. CHIP coverage typically covers services that are essential when it comes to promoting good oral health and preventing serious problems, as well are caring for conditions that are true dental emergencies.
Can You Help Me Figure Out My Medicaid Coverage?
Definitely! At Killeen Children’s Dental & Orthodontics, we have a team that knows all the in’s and out’s of dental insurance, financing, and Medicaid. They’ll be happy to help you work through this coverage and fully understand what services will be covered and which might not be so you can feel fully confident about arranging appointments for your special son or daughter. Additionally, low-interest financing through CareCredit is also available if families need to be able to split up their overall cost into monthly payments in order to make it more affordable.