Let’s Connect Kids to Coverage

Posted & filed under Fluoride, Oral Health, and Access to Care.

Guest blog contributed by the Children’s Dental Health Project

Right now, an estimated 3.7 million children are eligible but not enrolled in Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), which includes dental care. Their parents or caregivers might not realize they’re eligible or may not know how to enroll. Let’s do our part to reach these families and help connect them to coverage for their children.

CHIP and Medicaid are already an oral health safety net for millions of children, covering services such as teeth cleanings, check-ups, x-rays, and fluoride treatments. Let’s do more to make parents aware that their children may be eligible already for Medicaid or CHIP.

Eligibility depends on your income, the number of people in your family and the rules in your state. In almost every state, children in families with income up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level ($47,700 per year for a family of four) are covered. In many states, the income eligibility for children can be even higher.

Families should keep in mind that Medicaid and CHIP may be called different names in their states. Parents and caregivers can apply online, by phone, by mail or in person. Visit InsureKidsNow.gov to learn about Medicaid and CHIP programs in your state or call 1-877-KIDS-NOW (1-877-543-7669).

Another way to learn if your child is eligible for Medicaid/CHIP medical and dental coverage is to visit Healthcare.gov and provide your information. Remember, if you are already eligible for Medicaid or CHIP, there is no need to wait for an “open enrollment” period. You can take action now.