State extends deadline for Medicaid dental benefits
Adults on Medicaid will have some extra time to get dental work done. The state has extended the deadline before Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s veto of Medicaid funds for adult dental care takes effect.
According to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, coverage for adult enhanced dental services is being extended for an additional quarter.
Clinton Bennett, a spokesperson for the department, said preventative and restorative dental procedures that begin prior to Oct. 1, but are not completed by that date, will be covered if completed by Oct. 31, 2019. Bennett said previously denied claims or service authorization requests will be reviewed and approved if all other requirements are met.
One thing that is not subject to the Oct. 31 completion date is coverage for dentures. Dentures are not considered an adult enhanced dental service and will be approved up to the member's denture limit, if medically necessary.
The deadline extension also includes preventative care like routine cleanings that will covered through the end of September. After that, adult dental benefits will be limited to emergency procedures.
Correction: This story has been edited to correct information about coverage for dentures. In addition, a previous version of this story incorrectly referred to Elizabeth Manning as a DHSS spokesperson.
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