Dental health is a vital part of your overall health care. So much so that symptoms of nine out of ten diseases show up first in your mouth, which acts as an early warning sign of general health problems. That is why it is so essential that you have regular dental checkups.
Because your dental health is such an essential part of overall health care, it follows that you should have adequate dental health insurance.
It follows, too, that you should choose Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield dental insurance.
Here’s why Dental Insurance is purchased through Anthem.
Full preventive coverage is available through Anthem
Many of our plans cover you fully for X-rays, examinations and teeth cleaning. You need not be concerned about additional costs or be hesitant about having your teeth checked regularly. All those expenses are fully covered, providing you with peace of mind from the first day of coverage.
Multiple Dental Plan Choices
You can choose to obtain a dental plan that is part of your overall health care plan or you can obtain a dental plan that is separate from a comprehensive plan. You might find that a separate plan is advantageous to your needs as it offers more choices and more benefits. Your decision depends to a great degree on how you apply for coverage and how you are billed.
Among your choices for a dental health plan are:
- Anthem Dental Family Value
- Anthem Dental Family
- Anthem Dental Family Enhanced
- Dental Smart Access
- Added discounts available on all services
Anthem has one of the most extensive preferred provider organizations (PPO) networks in the nation. Although you are permitted to see any dentist under our plans, choosing a dentist from our network provides you with many benefits. Among those benefits is that we are able to obtain deep discounts for you that range from 25 percent to 32 percent.
Because we have negotiated these rates with our network doctors, they cannot charge you more than these rates. If you choose a network dentist, you pay that dentist your deductible and the percentage that your insurance does not cover. As a result, you save on paperwork because the dentist sends your claims to us directly and we pay the dentist directly.
If you choose a non-network dentist, however, you pay the dentist your deductible, the percentage not covered by your insurance, and the difference between what the dentist charges you and the full amount that we permit to be paid for a dental service. You or your dentist may submit your claims to us and we pay you or your dentist for covered costs.
Because non-network dentists do not have contracts with us, they are able to charge you the difference between the amount we permit for a service and the amount they normally charge, in addition to your coinsurance or deductible. The result is that you pay higher amounts for services from non-network dentists.
Online Dental tools to assist you further
Our services to you go beyond seeing a dentist. We offer you an advice service that you can access via the Internet. Once you are a member, you can log on to anthem.com to access these tools. Click Here to enroll in Anthem Dental.
Here are three of our great online tools that will enable you to gain a better hold on your dental health.
– Ask a Hygienist
You can email your questions to licensed dental professionals who will provide you with fast, personal and private advice at no extra charge.
– Dental Cost Estimator
This tool enables you to obtain estimated costs for your dental work in your area. You simply enter the ZIP code of the area in which you obtain your dental care.
– Dental Health Assessment
In this tool, we ask you a few questions. Based on your responses, we provide you with information that will advise you on action that you should take in order to maintain proper dental health.
Health care reform and pediatric benefits
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), all Americans are required to carry a minimum amount of health insurance. Among these requirements are a list of 10 health benefits that health insurance carriers must cover. One of those 10 benefits is pediatric services.
In some states, these services must be included in ACA-compliant plans sold on the Marketplace (also called the Exchange). In other states, however, the benefits can be offered in medical plans off the Marketplace or through a stand-alone policy sold with a medical plan.
Almost all our plans have included pediatric dental coverage since January 2014.
You can obtain this coverage either through a medical plan or through an independent plan such as Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Dental Insurance.
If you are eligible for financial aid to assist you in obtaining medical coverage, you are required to obtain your medical plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace. If you are ineligible for financial help and you require a dental plan, you are not required to obtain it on the Health Insurance Marketplace. You can continue to obtain coverage as you have in the past through an agent or directly from an insurance company.
You may find the plans that are not provided through the exchange offer more selections. For more details contact us or view Anthem brochure