Although many dental assistance programs focus on children's needs, Indiana's adult population is not without options. For those who qualify, sliding fee assistance is available through the Donated Dentistry program, as well as neighborhood clinics like the Citizens Health Center. The Indiana University School of Dentistry also offers payment plans to uninsured patients. For non-emergency needs, annual checkups and preventive care are available through Indiana Medicaid programs like Care Select, or Hoosier Healthwise.
Care Select is one of several options through the Indiana Medicaid program. The program mainly serves blind, disabled or elderly people who might benefit from specialized attention, the indianamedicaid.com website states. Annual exams and preventive care are the main services covered through Care Select. Participants must choose a primary doctor and health plan through a Care Maintenance Organization that contracts with the state for those services, according to the agency's website.
Sliding fee discounts are available at community clinics like Citizens Health Center, of Indianapolis, IN. Uninsured patients must submit proof of income or unemployment, according to the center's website, citizenshealthcenter.org. The discounts do not apply to incomes 200 percent or higher above the federal poverty line. Installment plans are available, but patients must prepay for crowns, dentures and root canals before receiving those services, the website states. Uninsured patients must also cover lab tests before the center can run them.
Hoosier Healthwise is another option offered through Indiana Medicaid. Coverage is available to low-income families, pregnant women and children, according to indianamedicaid.com's website. Enrollees receive many services for little or no cost, including dental care. Five different coverage packages are available through the plan, which the state determines after reviewing the initial application. Package A is the most common option for children, families and pregnant women.
Indiana Donated Dentistry
Relying on a volunteer network of 570 dentists and 84 laboratories, the Indiana Donated Dental Services program is targeted at residents with disabilities, the elderly and low-income workers lacking coverage, according to the Indiana University of Dentistry. The main enrollment criteria is a limited income due to advanced age, complex medical problem or permanent disability. Applicants who cannot get dental care are also eligible in some circumstances, according to the school, which is also one of the program sites.
Indiana University School of Dentistry
Indiana's only dental school offers various options for uninsured or low-cost residents. Medicaid patients must provide proof of eligibility, states a summary posted on the school's website, iusd.iupui.edu. Patients needing $1,000 or more in care must discuss payment options with a financial consultant before going ahead. No services are given without a signed contract and down payment. Third-party payments are also accepted, with written authorization.
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- Indiana Dental Association; Dental Public Health...; June 2002
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- National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped; Homepage
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