Arizona Caregiver Resources
If you or your family relies on Medicaid for health insurance in Arizona, finding dental care can be a challenge. Many private practice dentists do not accept Medicaid due to its typically lower reimbursement rates. However, there are still options for Arizona residents with Medicaid to get the dental care they need. In this post, we’ll go over some useful tips to help you find a dentist that accepts Medicaid.
Check with Your Medicaid Plan
Your Medicaid insurance plan may have a list of dentists in their provider network that have agreed to accept Medicaid patients. This can change over time, so double check with your health plan by phone or on their website to make sure you have the most up-to-date information on Medicaid dentists in your area. They should be able to provide you with a list to get started with your search.
Contact Member Services at the number on the back of your insurance card.
In Arizona, adults over 21 years old who are enrolled in Medicaid Access can receive emergency dental care directly through Medicaid.
Use an Online Search Tool
There are also online search tools you can use to locate dentists that currently accept Medicaid. The Insure Kids Now website (www.insurekidsnow.gov) lets you search for dentists by state and city, and indicates which providers accept Medicaid. Just enter your location and filter the search to “Medicaid Providers” to see options near you.
According to Doctor.com, there are currently 48 dentists in Arizona that accept Medicaid, with 18 of those dentists located in Phoenix.
Visit Community Health Clinics
Community health clinics like federally qualified health centers and free clinics often provide dental care and accept Medicaid. These nonprofit clinics may have dental staff on-site or partner with dentists in your area willing to treat Medicaid patients. Contact clinics in your area to ask about availability.
Find local clinics at findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov or call 1-888-275-4772.
Look for Dental Schools
In Arizona, visiting a dental school with a teaching clinic is another option for care. The Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health (623-872-8006) offers affordable services while training future dentists. Care is supervised by licensed instructors and costs about 20-60% less than standard rates. Most dental schools enroll Medicaid patients.
Contact Arizona Medicaid Agencies
You can also contact your state’s Medicaid assistance agencies directly to request help finding a dental provider. This includes Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) (602-417-4000) and Arizona Department of Economic Security (855-432-7587).
With these tips, Arizona Medicaid recipients should be able to connect with dental providers that accept their insurance. Though it may take persistence, affordable dental services are available across the state. Be proactive with regular checkups and cleanings to avoid more expensive emergency care in the future.