As 10,000 baby boomers retire on a daily basis, healthcare worries emerge. Medicaid is the primary coverage for low-income individuals. While 30 percent of retirees do have some form of extra care coverage,toothless individuals are likely to have little to no dental coverage. Relying solely on state care puts their oral care in jeopardy. And premature aging and problems associated with lack of dental care contribute to the continuation of substandard living. So will Medicaid make a move to cover cosmetic dental procedures?
What dental services are currently covered by Medicaid?
Medicaid covers specific dental needs for about half of the country. Benefits are currently limited and specified to essential services only. Children’s benefits are for individuals under the age of 21. Part of Medicaid’s Early Periodic Screening, the EPSDT program offers dental evaluations, emergency, preventative, and restoration care on a per need basis. Bi-annual visits are covered, but all other visits are per dentist request. Medicaid Orthodontic Benefit is available for severe malocclusion. This specific benefit covers up to three years of treatment and one year of follow-up retention care. Continue reading