Updated** Medicaid Dental: How to Use it and Where to Go...

Many Medicaid programs include dental coverage! Keeping your teeth healthy is just as important as taking care of your body. Here is a overview your dental benefit in Livingston and Washtenaw counties, as well as Jackson, Hillsdale, Monroe and Lenawee counties:

Healthy Kids: 80 Michigan Counties (including Livingston and Washtenaw) work with Delta Dental and an estimated 80% of dentists in those counties participate! This public-private partnership has continued to increase since it started in 2000, and with it many children have been able to access necessary dental services.

**MIChild: Beginning January 2016, MIChild is now a Medicaid program and all MIChild participants have Delta Dental. Medical, dental and vision benefits are now the same as Healthy Kids.

**Healthy Michigan Plan: While all HMP managed care plans have a dental benefit, only some work with Delta Dental. In Livingston and Washtenaw counties, those who have Molina and McLaren have Delta Dental, while other managed care plans use their own dental coverage. Meridian and Aetna Better Health have Dentaquest, Blue Cross Complete has HMI Dental and UnitedHealthCare has their own dental plan (call 1-800-903-5253).  When you're making an appointment, make sure to tell your dentist what managed care plan you have to avoid any confusion.

Medicaid to Supplement Medicare: As Medicare beneficiaries know all too well, it does not include a dental benefit. However, if you are eligible for Medicaid to supplement, you can access dental coverage through straight Medicaid. There are also some Medicare Advantage plans that offer dental coverage.

Finding a dentist that takes your health coverage can seem like a daunting task. Here are some helpful links to finding the right dentist for you:

**Washtenaw Community Dental Clinic opened in February 2015, and accepts all Medicaid dental plans (except Blue Cross Complete), straight Medicaid and the uninsured. Located in the Haab Building at 111 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Call today for an appointment, (877)313-6232.

-Haley Haddad

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