Medicaid Dental Benefit Cuts In Illinois - Wicker Park Bucktown Dentist Reacting Illinois is cutting adult dental Medicaid program. Wicker Park Bucktown Dentist trying to find ways to help serve patients affected by the cuts. Chicago, (I- Newswire) June 29, 2012 - Medicaid dental benefits will be cut for tens of thousands of Illinois parents on July 1st - and most of them don't even know. Illinois is eliminating most dental services for adults age 21 and over, except for limited emergency services. The state is also eliminating the All Kids Premium plan (levels 3-8) which provides dental coverage for some children. The governor's office claims the state would save about $5 million per year. Unfortunately, those who have no access to dental care without such a program will not receive even the most basic of dental care. Those hurt by this reduction include residents of nursing homes, the aged, blind and disabled. Bucktown Dental Associates is watching and reacting to the reduction. In July 1995 Illinois, under Governor Jim Edgar, ceased to fund adult dental care for 650,000 public- aid recipients. The move left many poor and disabled residents of Illinois without the simplest of dental care. At the time, Chicago Dental Society urged the Governor to immediately restore the adult dental Medicaid program. The cut was later reversed. Dental care, which a lot of people misunderstand, is really critical to the overall health and well- being of a person," says Dr. Elseweifi of Bucktown Dental Associates. Unfortunately, the federal government classifies adult dental care as an optional Medicaid service, and does not provide matching grants to states that offer the coverage, like Illinois. Without government support, poor people usually neglect oral health as they receive no dental services. Those patients often end up in emergency room with dental pain from cavities and periodontal disease. Bucktown Dental Associates have been contacting Medicaid patients aged 21 or older. Dr. Elseweifi has been conducting dental exams and completing planed treatment to makes sure patients have all necessary treatment before Medicaid coverage runs out. In addition, Dr. Elseweifi and staff educated patients on oral health and on what to do when a dental emergency strikes. Bucktown Dental Associates is committed to providing excellent dental services, whether or not someone has dental insurance. "In order to help our patients, we are offering many benefits," says Dr. Elseweifi. The office continues to provide residents of Wicker Park and Bucktown with high quality treatment at the most affordable dental fees in the area.
Additional Resources About Bucktown Dental Associates: Dr. Yasser Elseweifi is a Wicker Park Bucktown dentist in Wicker Park and Bucktown, Chicago. He is a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. He provides high quality care at affordable dental fees. Company Contact Information: Bucktown Dental Associates Yasser Elseweifi 2002 N Damen Ave 60647-4527 Phone: 773-276-2757 Published in: Medical Tags: Medicaid dental Illinois Public Aid dentist Chicago affordable Chicago dentist affordable dental care Chicago Published on: June 29, 2012 Original Source: Medicaid Dental Benefit Cuts In Illinois - Wicker Park Bucktown Dentist Reacting