Our Family to Family Health Information Center put together this alert on some of the changes in dental coverage because of the recent cuts to Medicaid by the Illinois General Assembly. We are now working with other health care advocates to provide you with useful information to navigate the cuts to health care. We hope to have a prescription alert available within the next few days.Last week I talked to with the leadership at Aetna to determine how the cuts to health care are going to impact the managed care pilot. Like us, they have a lot of homework to do over the cuts but believe some of the cuts are very short sighted, more to come…Tony
Attention Medicaid enrollees age 21 and older: due to a new law in Illinois, theSave Medicaid Access and Resources Together Act (SMART Act) Starting on July 1,2012, your dental benefits will be reduced.
Only emergency dental services for adults will be covered.
You will be able to see a dentist in the HFS Dental Program for emergencies only.
You can call DentaQuest 24 hours a day, 7 days a week a 1-888-286-2447 or TTY 1-800-466-7566 to find a dentist.
3.Dental Lifeline Network Program: http://www.nfdh.org/donated-dental-services-dds/state-dds-programs/illinois
The Dental Lifeline Network Program serves disabled and aged people who cannot afford needed dental treatment and have no other way of getting help. Qualified applicants must be permanently disabled, chronically ill, or elderly. Each person’s condition must be severe enough to prohibit or significantly limit gainful employment. In addition, they can neither afford dental care nor receive it through other programs. They must need extensive treatment, not just a cleaning and check-up.
To apply for services from the program, please complete an application.
For more information on the Dental Lifeline Network Program, please contact: Helen Peters
Donated Dental Services
PO Box 211
Northbrook, IL 60065
Schedule of upcoming meetings and list of members can be found on this webpage.
Next meeting is scheduled for July 17, 2012 in Chicago/Springfield: 2012 Meeting Dates (Subject to Change)
July 18, 2012
October 3, 2012
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Location
Each meeting will be videoconference between Springfield and Chicago.
Springfield – 607 East Adams, 7th Floor
Chicago – 401 South Clinton, 5th Floor, OIG Videoconference Room
5. Federally Qualified Health Centers(FQHCs) provide medical and dental care to uninsured persons on a sliding fee scale.