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Got a packet in the mail today from DentaQuest saying they are the "NEW" Prepaid Dental Plan for Children's Medicaid.  Dr Montgomery is not on the list and not in  their system either when I called.  I was told that this went into effect Oct 1, 2012 and here it is Nov 7, 2012.  You  think it should have been in the mail sooner cause what if I had taken him to the dentist.  I bet I would have gotten a bill after they were denied Medicaid payment.  I am still going to call the Medicaid office tomorrow to see if this is correct and was switched.  Finally got a dentist he loves and I am happy with.

If we have to switch they gave me a list to choose from.  Besides the Health Clinic for dental, there's:

Coast Dental on Socrum Loop Rd (Plantation Square)

Walding & Assoc on S. Fla

Coast Dental on S. Fla & Lakekand Highlands

Besides other dentists in Auburndale, Zephyrhills, Plant City

Has anyone been there with kids whether with Medicaid or private insurance?  If so what do you think of them??  I am going to miss Dr. Montgomery because they were very kid friendly and answered any questions you had.  Plus they took his work in stages as not to freak him out to where he doesn't ever want to go.

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I have no medicaid for my kids ( long story )  When they did have medicaid I always took them to Dr. Montgomery it was so comforting there.  I don't know what to do or where to take my kids for dental checkups etc.  because we are on a very limited budget so I don't know about free clinics or payment plans.

Maybe working together we can find something out??

I loved Dr Montgomery and her staff.  All these changes to Medicaid got my head spinning.  I heard both good and bad about the Health Clinic on Lakeland Hills Blvd.  Not saying they are bad, but last I heard they got a big waiting list.  I know they charge based on income if you have no coverage.

I don't understand why they had to mess with the dentist aspect.  Took me long enough to find one local and that was not only great with him, but quick to get into.

The Coast Dental at Plantation Square is right down the road, but I may have to stop in to scout them out.  At Dr Montgomery, she did a brief cleaning to get him comfortable, did x-rays the next visit, and broke up his fillings into 4 visits.  That was the first time he ever had dental work without being sedated.  Granted I hate going back so often, but I understood her thinking and it worked out great.

I know.  Coast Dental is right by my house so I might have to go see them tomorrow and find out.  I looked online at their website and they have a thing called care credit where you can pay back based on income I guess. 

 

Dr Montgomery was awesome, I never asked if she would take payment plans.

Stacy, this was posted in another PolkMoms thread (click here to see the entire discussion).  Maybe it could be helpful. 

The Polk County Health Department has dental offices located in Auburndale, Bartow, Lakeland, and soon to be in Haines City.

There is a fee schedule for services provided for children who do not have Medicaid.

For more information or to schedule a dental appointment, call one of the following office locations:

Auburndale Dental: (863) 965-6333

Bartow Dental: (863) 534-7258

Lakeland Dental: (863) 413-2636

Visit www.mypolkhealth.org for additional information about services provided by the Polk County Health Department.

Thank you!!
 
Shawn Arnold said:

Stacy, this was posted in another PolkMoms thread (click here to see the entire discussion).  Maybe it could be helpful. 

The Polk County Health Department has dental offices located in Auburndale, Bartow, Lakeland, and soon to be in Haines City.

There is a fee schedule for services provided for children who do not have Medicaid.

For more information or to schedule a dental appointment, call one of the following office locations:

Auburndale Dental: (863) 965-6333

Bartow Dental: (863) 534-7258

Lakeland Dental: (863) 413-2636

Visit www.mypolkhealth.org for additional information about services provided by the Polk County Health Department.

Contacted Medicaid Office and they said the DentaQuest was optional.  Had to call another number to opt out of the pre paid dental plan.  Of course it doesn't go into effect till Dec 1st, but it's ok cause his 6 mo check up isn't until Jan/Fen anyway.  So we can stay with Dr Montgomery.  YES!!!!

I thought Dr. Bopp also took Medicaid.  Maybe he has now opted out.  I am not familiar with the other ones.  Sorry they're making you change!

Comment on the spreading out visits.  I'm glad that it's working out for you and your son.  One perspective to look at though is Dr. Montgomery (or any dentist) gets paid more that way.  If you're not having to come up with the money, then you might not have realized.  I fortunately do have dental insurance through my employer, but have uncovered expenses nearly everytime I or my children go into the office.  I just had to take my youngest to have two fillings. Two fillings is really no more "traumatic" than having one. In my instance, my son was "traumatized" only once, I had one office visit payment, one payment for sedation and one payment for the numbing injections.  Dental office only got paid for one, one, and one by insurance company.  Now in your explanation, Dr. Montgomery bills and gets paid for 6 office visits when that many really wasn't needed. X-Rays are normally done on the 1st visit (cleaning). Paid 4 times for sedation (COSTLY- AND disorienting for little ones), and 4 times for injections. I personally would not want to drive across town 6 times for what could've been done in about 3.  I hope Dr. Montgomery or any dentist you choose has your and your child's best interest, rather than their interest in $$.  Like I said, another perspective to think about by all.

Tabby said:

I loved Dr Montgomery and her staff.  All these changes to Medicaid got my head spinning.  I heard both good and bad about the Health Clinic on Lakeland Hills Blvd.  Not saying they are bad, but last I heard they got a big waiting list.  I know they charge based on income if you have no coverage.

I don't understand why they had to mess with the dentist aspect.  Took me long enough to find one local and that was not only great with him, but quick to get into.

The Coast Dental at Plantation Square is right down the road, but I may have to stop in to scout them out.  At Dr Montgomery, she did a brief cleaning to get him comfortable, did x-rays the next visit, and broke up his fillings into 4 visits.  That was the first time he ever had dental work without being sedated.  Granted I hate going back so often, but I understood her thinking and it worked out great.

When I called DentaQuest yesterday they said they totally changed over and you have no other options.  Was not at all happy about that so I called the Medicaid office to find out.  She said all kids were given DentaQuest pre-paid plan, but you can opt out.

If you want to keep your child's dentist you can opt out by calling 1-888-367-6554 follow the instructions to get ahold of a person and tell them you want to opt out.  Of course right now he has no coverage as he is between the DentaQuest ending and waiting now for straight Medicaid to take back over.  Of course they will cover emergencies. 

This is something the state automatically changed, so you can change it back.

My daughter was at Coast on Socrum Loop using my private insurance. She received good care, but my insurance  is so bad, I can't afford the treatments she needs. My other daughter has an appt there next week. She has medicaid since she was adopted. It will be interesting to see if the care is as good, and what medicaid covers.

We are fairly new to Florida (buying a house in Lake Alfred) and my son is not eligible for Medicaid, but just got approved for "Healthy Kids". They assigned him to Staywell Kids health plan, but his pediatrician (Railroad Park Pediatrics in Haines City) and neurologist (Kids Neurology in Lakeland) neither one take it, so I called and switched to Amerigroup Community Care which they both take (Thank Goodness).

I don't know anything about the dental plans either since he doesn't have a dentist yet. They assigned him to MCNA Dental plan, but I also have the choice of DentaQuest. Does anyone know which of these plans is better and of any dentists that take either plan? Any advice would be appreciated!

I would say to see if Dr Montgomery (dentist) in Lakeland takes the MCNA Dental plan.  I know she does not take DentaQuest.  I prefer her and glad I was able to switch back  to Medicaid to keep her.  He used to have Dr. Yasrebi and when she got another person in there to help her, my son was dropped after waiting in the office for a cleaning that day for 4 hours.  Between running late on their part, misplacing his chart and deciding to not see him, I was plenty ticked off that day. 

As for Neurology we go to Dr Davis in Orlando.  He is wonderful.  Hated to switch to locally so was pretty happy to learn there was no one in town that took the Medicaid. 

Hope others here can help with a dentist for you.

@ Nijuana My son has medicaid & goes to Dr.Bopp. Like Tabby said they placed each child on a dental plan. Medicaid placed my child with Dentaquest & Dr. Bopp does not accept it. I switched back over to MCNA so he is able to continue going to Dr. Bopp. You can make the change online! I'm not sure which is better, but with DentaQuest there were not many dentist to chose from. If you decide to make a change you can do it online. It's fast & simple all you need to do is go to Medicaidoptions.net

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