MEDI-CAL DENTAL BENEFITS RESTORED

Medi-Cal Dental Benefits for Adults

On April 29, California Department of Health Care Services received Medicare approval to restore certain optional adult dental benefits for members 21 years of age and older under the Medi-Cal program, effective May 1.  The partial restoration of dental services includes examinations and x-rays, dental cleanings with fluoride treatments, silver and tooth-colored fillings, and root canals and crowns on front teeth.  Complete dentures are also being restored.

For a complete list of services being restored, please see Provider Bulletin Volume 29, Number 14 (August 2013).  Dental providers will determine which medically necessary services will be provided, and the existing benefits for children will not change.  When the elimination of the optional Medi-Cal dental benefit for adults began in July 2009, due to the state’s severe budget issues, there were several exemptions that allowed some members to continue receiving services.  They included members who were residents of nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities, pregnant women, and some others.

This partial restoration of the benefit is not a component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Most of the costs are for individuals who are already eligible for Medi-Cal.  Any ACA funding would be used for services to those who qualify for Medi-Cal only because of the ACA’s expanded eligibility.

If a member needs help finding a dentist, please see the Provider Referral Tool on the Denti-Cal website or call Denti-Cal at 1-800-322-6384.

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Amplicom Amplified Answering Machine with Tone, Volume & Speed Control

 With the Amplicom AB900 Amplified Answering Machine you can play your phone messages back at a slower speed with up to 40dB amplification plus tone control for maximum clarity, so you won’t miss a word. It has a 3.5mm jack to plug in a neckloop (not included) and can be operated remotely, so you can check your messages while you’re away. It’s the perfect answering machine for the hard of hearing user.

Base Function:

  •  Adjustable volume amplified up to max 40dB
  • Rotary frequency tone control
  • Rotary play back speed control
  • 24 minutes of digital recording with flash memory
  • Set up available in 6 languages
  • One-touch playback with pause feature
  • Skip, repeat or erase messages (Single erase or All erase)
  • Two digit LED display message counter
  • 3.5mm jack for headset or neckloop (sold separately)
  • Remote Operation:
  •  3 digit remote code (factory pre-set)
  • Turn on/off
  • Change outgoing message
  • Skip or repeat message
  • Play all or new messages
  • Erase all or single message
  • Remote memo recording
  • Room monitoring

For people with a hearing disability, contact our Assistive Technology pros Deborah Uhl (in Redding) or Nick Wessel (in Chico) to see if this device is right for you.  Call (530) 893-8527

Number of Poor Seniors would increase under Ryan budget

 

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In a April 23, 2014 Huffington Post blog, NSCLC Executive Director Kevin Prindiville writes that the House-passed budget resolution “leaves the country’s older adults to struggle with less food, income housing, and care.”

“By cutting essential programs that often make life manageable for those with limited income and resources, the Ryan budget will lead to poverty numbers among seniors the nation hasn’t seen since the Depression.”

Please feel free to shae the blog widely. You can also find the blog on the NSCLC website.