The Indiana Attorney General's Office filed charges against the owner of an Indianapolis dental practice for allegedly overbilling Medicaid. Prosecutors said dentist Shadrach Gonqueh repeatedly billed Medicaid for numerous procedures when only a single procedure was billable.
Indiana will expand Medicaid eligibility through a plan called Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0, which will require some cost sharing. Coverage will begin Feb. 1 and includes dental and vision benefits for people who pay a share of premiums.
Anthem Blue Cross, Delta Dental, Blue Shield of California, Premier Access Dental, Health Net and Liberty Dental plan to offer pediatric dental plans on Covered California, the state's Affordable Care Act insurance exchange. Monthly premiums range from $9 to $39, depending on coverage, and policies will cover 70% or 85% of included services. Health Net will offer dental benefits only as part of a health insurance plan; the others will sell stand-alone policies.
Delta Dental, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Dominion Dental will offer dental plans next year through the Federal Dental and Vision Insurance Program, bringing the total number of dental plans to 10. The benefits are available to federal employees and retirees.
A device that uses low-power pulsating laser light can detect cavities behind fillings, crowns and sealants, where X-rays fail. It can also detect decay in pits and pockets on teeth, and can show whether tooth-strengthening therapies are working. The device may help patients avoid costly treatment for undetected tooth decay.