Medicaid is a health program that was created by the US federal government and administered by the State government to provide health coverage for people with lower incomes. It also covers people with disabilities and elderly people. Medicaid program covers different benefits in different states.
Typically it covers doctor’s services, hospital services, home health care services and dental services for adults and children. In Idaho, dental services for most Medicaid participants are provided by the Idaho Smiles Program administered by Blue cross of Idaho and DentaQuest.
Dental Services for Children
Dental health is an important part of people’s overall health and thus Medicaid covers dental services for all child enrollees. Dental services for children should include:
A dental periodicity schedule has to be developed by each state and children should be referred to dentists at periodic schedules set by the state.
Dental Services for Adults
Adult dental benefits are important to ensure good oral health and also overall health. Medicaid is a primary vehicle for acquiring dental benefits among adults with low incomes. States have the flexibility to decide the dental benefits that needs to be provided to adult Medicaid enrollees. States often choose to offer a more limited set of covered services to adults than to children as the coverage for adult dental service is optional.
Medicaid Information Release #MA11-13
Idaho Medicaid issues Information Release to provide update on policies, billing or processing changes. Medicaid implemented the following changes to its dental program in 2011.