The Child Dental Benefits Schedule will continue in 2018
In the news:
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has applauded announcement by the Turnbull Government and its Health Minister, Greg Hunt, to reinstate the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) cap to $1,000.
“The Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt … advised the ADA that a number of changes to the CDBS have been finalised and will take effect on 1 January 2018.”
Now, more than ever, you can easily secure optimal oral healthcare for your children. January 2014 marks the implementation of a new dental and oral health scheme that replaces the Medicare Teen Dental Plan.
Formally referred to as Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CBDS), this new scheme affords financial support for basic dental health care procedures to children of eligible families.
With CBDS, proper oral and dental healthcare is made available to more than 3.4 million children who are between the ages of 2 to 17 years. Child Dental Benefits Schedule affords every eligible child with $1000 worth of benefit entitlement cap, which is valid within a two-year calendar period.
At the start every calendar year, The Department Of Human Services evaluates the eligibility of children. Basically, children who are eligible to CBDS are those between the ages of 2 and 17, and whose families receive Family Tax Benefit.
Part A Or Any Of The Following
- Youth Allowance
- Disability Support Pension
- Parenting Payment
- Special Benefit
- Career Payment
- Double Orphan Pension
- Veteran’s Children Education Scheme, if the child is 16 or over
- Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme, if the child is 16 or over
What Child Benefit Dental Schedule Covers
Among dental treatments covered by CBDS include routine dental checkup, professional dental cleaning, fissure sealants, tooth fillings, x-rays, root canal treatment, and partial dentures. It should be noted, however, that most of these dental treatments, have their own claiming restrictions. It should also be noted that CBDS does not cover orthodontic and cosmetic dental treatments.
The terms of CBDS make clear that any remaining balance at the end of the two-year calendar period is rendered useless for services provided outside the relevant period. Also, note that only the eligible patient can use the benefit cap. Family members who are not eligible cannot share CBDS entitlements.
You can readily check the CBDS eligibility of your children by accessing you Medicare online account, or simply by calling the inquiries line at 132 011. Enjoy the Child Dental Benefits Schedule and give your children even more reasons to smile.
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