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Dental Coverage for Low-Income Adults in Delaware Begins Oct. 1Date Posted: September 30, 2020
Additional Delaware Hunting Seasons Open in OctoberDate Posted: September 30, 2020
Investor Protection Unit Joins CFTC to Stop Nationwide Precious Metals IRA, Bullion Coin SchemeDate Posted: September 29, 2020
DPH Partners With Health Care and Community Partners to Launch Fight Flu DE — Enhanced Flu Vaccination CampaignDate Posted: September 29, 2020
OAW Announces Arrest in Camden Animal Cruelty CaseDate Posted: September 29, 2020
September 29, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: September 29, 2020
DuPont Nature Center Closing for WinterDate Posted: September 29, 2020
Pair of Courts Side With DOJ On USPS, Vote-By-MailDate Posted: September 28, 2020
Update – Flag Lowering for Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgDate Posted: September 28, 2020
Department of Finance & The Precisionists, Inc. Launch Autism at Work ProgramDate Posted: September 28, 2020
DOL Announces the “High Extended Benefits” ProgramDate Posted: September 28, 2020
SNAP distribuirá otra ronda de los beneficios de alimentos de emergencia para su uso a partir del 30 de septiembreDate Posted: September 28, 2020
Delaware’s SNAP Program Will Issue Another Round of Emergency Food Benefits for Use Starting Sept. 30Date Posted: September 28, 2020
Grants Available for Community Water Quality ProjectsDate Posted: September 28, 2020
Delaware Surpasses 20,000 Positive Case of COVID-19; New Daily Cases Remain ElevatedDate Posted: September 25, 2020
Governor Carney Issues Revision to Omnibus COVID-19 OrderDate Posted: September 25, 2020
Attorney General Jennings Announces Multistate Settlement with C.R. BardDate Posted: September 25, 2020
Delaware Division of Unemployment Insurance Continues Lost Wage Assistance ProgramDate Posted: September 25, 2020
$1.5 Million EDA Grant to Delaware Innovation Space to Launch Hard Science Startup AcceleratorDate Posted: September 24, 2020
Second Application Round for DE Relief Grants to Open October 1Date Posted: September 24, 2020
Three Delaware Schools Receive National Blue Ribbon HonorsDate Posted: September 24, 2020
Delaware Recognized for 25th Consecutive Year of Excellence in Financial ReportingDate Posted: September 24, 2020
DSHA Announces $2.8 Million Awarded to Strong Neighborhoods Projects StatewideDate Posted: September 24, 2020
Piping Plovers Nesting in Delaware Reach New High NumberDate Posted: September 24, 2020
Take a Stand Against Falls: Falls Prevention Awareness Week September 21-25, 2020Date Posted: September 23, 2020
Medicare Assistance Bureau Innovates to Serve Residents During COVID-19Date Posted: September 23, 2020
Weatherization Program Helps Delawareans Invest in Their HomesDate Posted: September 23, 2020
COVID Alert DE Expands Reach with Pennsylvania’s Exposure Notification App Released TuesdayDate Posted: September 22, 2020
DHSS Authorizes Four Medicaid Accountable Care OrganizationsDate Posted: September 22, 2020
Division of Civil Rights & Public Trust releases supplemental McDole reportDate Posted: September 22, 2020
September 22, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: September 22, 2020
Delaware Office of Highway Safety Promotes National Child Passenger Safety WeekDate Posted: September 21, 2020
“Cyber Seafaring”: Zwaanendael Museum’s Virtual Maritime-History Series, Oct. 1–3, 2020Date Posted: September 21, 2020
AG Jennings announces settlement with Novartis regarding allegations of improper kickbacksDate Posted: September 21, 2020
Flags to be Lowered for Passing of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgDate Posted: September 18, 2020
Delaware Public Health Continues to See Spike in New Daily Cases of COVID-19Date Posted: September 18, 2020
First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney Announces “First Chance” Award RecipientsDate Posted: September 18, 2020
More than 32,000 Delawareans May Be Eligible for Stimulus PaymentsDate Posted: September 18, 2020
DNREC to Host Public Hearing on Diamond State Port Corp.’s Proposed Container Port on Sept. 29Date Posted: September 18, 2020
DHSS’ Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Launches Online Behavioral Health Treatment Referral PlatformDate Posted: September 17, 2020
Delaware Wildfire Crew Wraps Up Successful AssignmentDate Posted: September 17, 2020
Consumer Protection Unit secures $337,000 in debt relief for Delaware ITT TechDate Posted: September 17, 2020
“Treasury Talks” DebutsDate Posted: September 17, 2020
More Delmarva Fox Squirrels Moving to DelawareDate Posted: September 17, 2020
Former Fenwick Island Police Chief Pleads Guilty To Official Misconduct, Falsifying Business RecordsDate Posted: September 16, 2020
ALERT: Be Wary Of Unsolicited Phone Calls Claiming To Be From Division Of Small BusinessDate Posted: September 16, 2020
DELAWARE OFFERS STATEWIDE SPEED SURVEY AND SPEED TESTDate Posted: September 16, 2020
Reminder: POW/MIA Flags to be Flown at State Facilities on September 18Date Posted: September 16, 2020
State of Delaware Launches COVID Alert DE Mobile AppDate Posted: September 15, 2020
September 15, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: September 15, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Appointments to State Board of EducationDate Posted: September 14, 2020
Input Sought on Delaware’s Climate Action PlanDate Posted: September 14, 2020
Delaware Continues to See Increase in New Daily COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations, DeathsDate Posted: September 11, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Updates to Statewide Testing SitesDate Posted: September 11, 2020
AG Jennings, 21 other AGs successful in Census rulingDate Posted: September 11, 2020
DPH Alienta a lo Asistentes del Evento de Rodeo en Bridgeville a Tomarse una Prueba para el CoronavirusDate Posted: September 10, 2020
DPH Encourages COVID-19 Testing for Attendees of Bridgeville Rodeo EventDate Posted: September 10, 2020
AG Jennings announces suit to hold Exxon, American Petroleum Institute, 29 others accountable for climate change costsDate Posted: September 10, 2020
Flags to be Lowered September 11 in Observance of Patriot DayDate Posted: September 10, 2020
DSCYF Highlights Suicide Prevention Resources, Project SAFETY SuccessDate Posted: September 10, 2020
Governor Carney Announces $25M Delaware Nonprofit Support FundDate Posted: September 9, 2020
Secretary Magarik Announces Leadership Changes at Department of Health and Social ServicesDate Posted: September 9, 2020
Delaware Department Of Labor Will Begin Issuing An Additional $300.00 In Benefits Through Lost Wages Assistance FundingDate Posted: September 8, 2020
State of Delaware Employees Recognized for Team Excellence, Excellence and Commitment in State Service, and HeroismDate Posted: September 8, 2020
DNREC Announces Grants to Support Communities With Pollution Restoration ProjectsDate Posted: September 8, 2020
Delaware Flag to be Lowered for Former Milford Mayor Ronnie RogersDate Posted: September 8, 2020
September 8, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: September 8, 2020
Prepare to apply for a DE Relief Grant, application round opens Sept. 8Date Posted: September 7, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Sept. 4, 2020: New Daily COVID Cases Increase; Recoveries, Deaths Remain SteadyDate Posted: September 4, 2020
DNREC Announces Temporary Brandywine Zoo Weekday ClosuresDate Posted: September 4, 2020
Delaware Receives More Than $30 Million in FHWA RedistributionDate Posted: September 4, 2020
Governor Carney Issues Omnibus Executive Order on COVID-19 Restrictions Date Posted: September 3, 2020
Governor Carney Initiates Justice of the Peace Screening ProcessDate Posted: September 3, 2020
DHSS to Begin Approving Plans for Indoor Visitation at Delaware’s Long-Term Care FacilitiesDate Posted: September 3, 2020
Attorney General Jennings Fights Trump Administration’s Attempts to Reduce Census EffortsDate Posted: September 3, 2020
$21.5 Million in Health Insurance Rebates for Individuals and Small BusinessesDate Posted: September 3, 2020
Governor Carney Formally Extends State of EmergencyDate Posted: September 3, 2020
State of Delaware, U.S. Treasury announce MOU to strengthen information sharingDate Posted: September 2, 2020
West Nile Virus Is Detected in Delaware For First Time This Year in DNREC’s Sentinel ChickensDate Posted: September 2, 2020
DHSS Sponsors Recovery Events to Raise Awareness of Support for People Living with Mental, Substance Use DisordersDate Posted: September 2, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH Release New Fall Sports GuidanceDate Posted: September 1, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Departure of CIO James CollinsDate Posted: September 1, 2020
Governor Carney Requests Federal Disaster Declaration for August StormsDate Posted: September 1, 2020
Delaware Coastal Cleanup Starts TodayDate Posted: September 1, 2020
DNREC to reopen The Point at Cape Henlopen Sept. 1Date Posted: August 31, 2020
September 1, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: August 31, 2020
Delaware’s 22nd annual Chautauqua: “Women’s Work: Campaigning for Social Change” on Sept. 10, 11, 19 and 20, 2020Date Posted: August 31, 2020
Rates To Decrease In Delaware Affordable Care Act MarketplaceDate Posted: August 31, 2020
New Daily COVID-19 Cases, Recoveries Remain SteadyDate Posted: August 28, 2020
El programa SNAP de Delaware emitirá beneficios de emergencia adicionales disponibles a partir del 31 de agostDate Posted: August 28, 2020
Governor Carney to lower Delaware flags at State buildings for Overdose Awareness DayDate Posted: August 28, 2020
Delaware Sends Wildfire Crew to New MexicoDate Posted: August 28, 2020
DNREC to Hold Virtual Public Workshop Sept. 9 to Discuss Delaware’s Plastic Bag Ban and Regulation DevelopmentDate Posted: August 28, 2020
Delaware Resilience Fund Application OpensDate Posted: August 27, 2020
State Auditor Kathy McGuiness Announces Formation of Auditor’s Office Follow-Up ProgramDate Posted: August 27, 2020
Delaware’s SNAP Program Will Issue Additional Emergency Benefits for Use Starting Aug. 31Date Posted: August 27, 2020
Urban forestry director on U.S. Council of 1t.orgDate Posted: August 27, 2020
National Governors Association Chooses Delaware to Participate in Adverse Childhood Experiences Learning CollaborativeDate Posted: August 26, 2020
Governor Carney Signs 25th Modification to State of Emergency DeclarationDate Posted: August 26, 2020
AG Jennings announces Honda airbag settlementDate Posted: August 25, 2020

Delaware Health and Social Services | News | Date Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

NEW CASTLE (Sept. 29, 2020) – Adult Delawareans who receive Medicaid will automatically get dental coverage as part of their plan starting Oct. 1.
Governor John Carney signed legislation establishing the Medicaid adult dental benefit in August 2019. Implementation was originally scheduled for April 2020, but was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Beginning Oct. 1, individuals ages 19-65 who are enrolled in a managed care Medicaid plan will receive their adult dental services through that plan and can obtain a list of providers from their managed care organization. About 200,000 of the 235,000 Medicaid clients (adults and children) in Delaware are served by one of two managed care organizations, Highmark Health Options Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware and AmeriHealth Caritas Delaware.
Adults who are enrolled in fee-for-service (FFS) Medicaid will receive their adult dental services through that program and may obtain a list of providers from the Department of Health and Social Services’ (DHSS) Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance by contacting the Delaware Health Benefits Manager at 1-800-996-9969.
The benefit will cover a wide variety of services, including exams, cleanings, fillings, sedation, and regular tooth extractions. It will cover $1,000 of dental care per year; an additional $1,500 per year may be available for qualifying emergency or supplemental care when medically necessary.
In an emergency order issued Sept. 25, Governor Carney suspended the $3 per visit co-pay for adult dental treatments during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Adult Medicaid patients will not be charged the co-pay while the state of emergency remains in effect, and dental providers will not have their payments reduced by $3 but will be paid the full allowable amount by the Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance.
Individuals who receive services through the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDDS) may be eligible for additional dental coverage once they exhaust their Medicaid benefit.
Adult dental coverage is optional for state Medicaid programs, but most offer at least an emergency dental benefit. In Delaware, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide no-cost or low-cost health coverage for eligible children.
“We know that low-income adults suffer disproportionately from dental disease, and that poor oral health can increase risks for people with conditions like diabetes and heart disease,” said DHSS Secretary Molly Magarik. “This new benefit will go a long way toward improving the overall health of Medicaid recipients in Delaware.”
“It has been our longstanding priority to offer preventive and restorative dental treatment for adults, to address negative health outcomes associated with the lack of oral health care,” said Steve Groff, Director of DHSS’ Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance. “With this benefit, adults on Medicaid will have access to affordable dental coverage.”
One-hundred-twenty-five dentists have signed up to participate in the adult Medicaid program – 87 in New Castle County, 18 in Kent County and 20 in Sussex County.
More information about the Medicaid adult dental benefit is available at the division’s website or by calling 1-866-843-7212.
In addition to the start of the dental benefit for adults, October also marks the annual open enrollment period for Medicaid in Delaware, during which individuals can make changes to their managed care plan. Open enrollment runs Oct. 1-31. Call 1-800-996-9969 for more information.
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Delaware Health and Social Services | News | Date Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

NEW CASTLE (Sept. 29, 2020) – Adult Delawareans who receive Medicaid will automatically get dental coverage as part of their plan starting Oct. 1.
Governor John Carney signed legislation establishing the Medicaid adult dental benefit in August 2019. Implementation was originally scheduled for April 2020, but was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Beginning Oct. 1, individuals ages 19-65 who are enrolled in a managed care Medicaid plan will receive their adult dental services through that plan and can obtain a list of providers from their managed care organization. About 200,000 of the 235,000 Medicaid clients (adults and children) in Delaware are served by one of two managed care organizations, Highmark Health Options Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware and AmeriHealth Caritas Delaware.
Adults who are enrolled in fee-for-service (FFS) Medicaid will receive their adult dental services through that program and may obtain a list of providers from the Department of Health and Social Services’ (DHSS) Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance by contacting the Delaware Health Benefits Manager at 1-800-996-9969.
The benefit will cover a wide variety of services, including exams, cleanings, fillings, sedation, and regular tooth extractions. It will cover $1,000 of dental care per year; an additional $1,500 per year may be available for qualifying emergency or supplemental care when medically necessary.
In an emergency order issued Sept. 25, Governor Carney suspended the $3 per visit co-pay for adult dental treatments during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Adult Medicaid patients will not be charged the co-pay while the state of emergency remains in effect, and dental providers will not have their payments reduced by $3 but will be paid the full allowable amount by the Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance.
Individuals who receive services through the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDDS) may be eligible for additional dental coverage once they exhaust their Medicaid benefit.
Adult dental coverage is optional for state Medicaid programs, but most offer at least an emergency dental benefit. In Delaware, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide no-cost or low-cost health coverage for eligible children.
“We know that low-income adults suffer disproportionately from dental disease, and that poor oral health can increase risks for people with conditions like diabetes and heart disease,” said DHSS Secretary Molly Magarik. “This new benefit will go a long way toward improving the overall health of Medicaid recipients in Delaware.”
“It has been our longstanding priority to offer preventive and restorative dental treatment for adults, to address negative health outcomes associated with the lack of oral health care,” said Steve Groff, Director of DHSS’ Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance. “With this benefit, adults on Medicaid will have access to affordable dental coverage.”
One-hundred-twenty-five dentists have signed up to participate in the adult Medicaid program – 87 in New Castle County, 18 in Kent County and 20 in Sussex County.
More information about the Medicaid adult dental benefit is available at the division’s website or by calling 1-866-843-7212.
In addition to the start of the dental benefit for adults, October also marks the annual open enrollment period for Medicaid in Delaware, during which individuals can make changes to their managed care plan. Open enrollment runs Oct. 1-31. Call 1-800-996-9969 for more information.
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Related Topics:  dental, medicaid

Keep up to date by receiving a daily digest email, around noon, of current news release posts from state agencies on news.delaware.gov.
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