Booted off of Medicaid. Now What?
We’ve been working hard to get ahead, but we got just ahead to be booted off of Medicaid, but not enough ahead to afford regular dental care for my children. What do I do?
It’s great that your family is able to move up financially. There is always that in-between time where it is challenging because there aren’t as many resources available so you feel like you have less money.
Fortunately, there is good news for you. The first thing to ask yourself is if you’re happy with your current Medicaid dentist. If you’ve been going to him or her because they were your only option, you now have more options. That is only one part of the good news.
Many dentists, including Medicaid dentists, are compassionate and went into the dental field because they want to help people. Because of that, they’re willing to make a little less profit in order to be more affordable, giving a greater number of people access to dental care.
Affording Dental Care after Medicaid
Unlike many medical insurance plans, dental insurance is much more affordable. You can get some plans for as low as $30 per month. This will usually give your family 2 cleanings per year as well as discounts on other services.
Another thing you can do to help is do an internet search for an affordable dentist. These dentist will sometimes have lower fees. Sometimes they offer interest free payment plans. Sometimes both.
One thing they all have in common is a willingness to work with patients and offer options.
Affordable Versus Cheap
Before you rush to a dentist who is so affordable it seems too good to be true, you’ll want to do some research. If their prices are significantly lower than the average for your area, check their reviews.
With super low prices, there’s usually one of two reasons.
Poor Quality Materials: In this case, the dentist makes up profits by purchasing sub-par materials to do your work. If you get a dental crown which is several hundred dollars cheaper, but fails every few years, you’ll quickly end up paying a lot more in both time and money.
Poor Quality Treatments: Maybe the dentist is super bad at their job or has a horrible chairside manner. He keeps his prices super low because he can’t retain patients and constantly has to draw in new ones.
As mentioned above, checking their reviews can save you a lot of unnecessary heartache.
Best of luck to your family.
This blog is brought to you by the Cleveland Dentists at Angel Dental Care.