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Hawaii Medicaid patients to receive dental care

October 05, 2018

By Jennifer Garvin

Honolulu — Two Hawaii managed care providers announced Oct. 2 plans to include basic adult dental care for adults who have Medicaid as their sole source of medical insurance coverage.

AlohaCare and ‘Ohana Health Plan said in a joint press release that coverage will include an annual exam, fluoride treatment, bi-annual cleanings, one set of bitewing X-rays per year and either a nonemergency tooth extraction or filling. Members enrolled in both Medicaid and Medicare will not qualify. Hawaii has not had basic dental coverage for adult enrollees in Medicaid since 2009, the companies said.

“We are excited to address a major coverage disparity for adults covered by Medicaid in Hawaii," said Laura Esslinger, chief executive officer, AlohaCare. “At last, adults who have QUEST Integration coverage will have access to oral health care to better integrate care and improve overall health and well-being."

LIBERTY Dental Plan, a dental plan with more than 4.1 million members that serves approximately 2.8 million Medicaid members nationwide, will manage the dental network for 'Ohana and AlohaCare.

"The Hawaii Dental Association supports Adult Dental Medicaid coverage and is encouraged that ‘Ohana Health and AlohaCare have announced that they are expanding benefits to improve oral health in Hawaii,” said Kim Nguyen, executive director, Hawaii Dental Association. “The HDA has previously supported the Department of Health's state funding requests for Adult Dental Medicaid coverage and anticipates doing so in 2019."

Medicaid beneficiaries who meet the requirements mentioned above and are not members of ʻOhana Health Plan or AlohaCare but wish to access the dental care coverage can enroll with AlohaCare or ‘Ohana Health Plan Oct. 1-31.