It goes without saying that most doctors, and dentists, are only going to see patients that have a certain type of insurance. In fact, you will find that many dentists will only accept Medicaid. If you have Medicaid and you need to find a dentist it will be a lot easier than you think. Here are a few of the steps you can take to find a dentist that will take this type of insurance.
There are actually two main steps that you can take in order to help you find Medicaid dentists. Both of these are relatively easy but you simply need to know what to do. Start by locating your local Medicaid office. Individuals are going to be able to do this by phone or by looking online. Some states will have a list of Medicaid providers on their website. Other states will not have this information and you will need to make a phone call to the Medicaid office.
Another way to find a Medicaid dentist would be to identify several dentists’ offices in your immediate area. This can be done online or by looking in the phone book. When you find some dentists that you are interested in you will want to call them. Speak with someone in the office that handles the billing. Ask this individual if the dentist accepts Medicaid. If the representative that you speak to does not appear to be certain of the answer then you should speak to someone else. The fact of the matter is that you do not want to assume that the individual was correct because if they are wrong, and you are seen by the dentist, these services will not be covered. You could end up paying out of your own pocket for the services that you did receive.
It will be very important for you to completely understand that even if you have Medicaid you may find that you are going to end up paying a little bit of money out of your own pocket anyways. You may be required to make a co-payment at each visit, or pay a small deductible in relation to any work that you have completed.
Because of this, when you make a phone call to the dentist’s office you should also find out if you are responsible for any type of co-payment or deductible. Sometimes you will even be able to look at your state website and find all of the benefits related to your Medicaid dental plan.
In the end, you should know that the information you find online can be very helpful. But, when you are not able to answer your questions in this manner it is always a good idea to make a phone call or visit your local office. The individuals that work in the office will be able to help you understand your benefits and what is covered, as well as what is not covered. You should always learn as much as you can before you schedule and appointment and attempt to receive services.