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What is the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)?
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a Medicare program covering examinations, x-rays, cleanings, root canals, extractions, and other dental procedures. Medicare may cover some dental services for children, in part or in full, if you qualify for specific payments. However, orthodontic and aesthetic dental treatments, as well as hospital care, are not covered.
For eligible children, CDBS benefits will be capped at $1,000 over two years. Treatment at Magical Smiles can be paid for using CDBS payments. The $1,000 can be entirely utilised at once or over two years. For the same therapy, health fund payments and CDBS cannot be combined.
What Dental Treatments are Covered?
Under the CDBS, Medicare will cover up to $1,000 in basic dental services over the course of two calendar years. The services covered include:
The services that are not covered are all of the following:
Gap Free Children's Dental Care
Are you eligible for up to $1,013 of free dental care under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule? We can check for you.
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule supports families without health fund cover by covering eligible children with up to $1,013 in basic services every 2 years. This includes examinations, x-rays, cleanings, fissure sealants, fillings, extractions and root canals.
FAQs About Child Dental benefit Schedule
There is no need to register or apply for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS). If your child is qualified, Medicare will send you a letter. Your child can get CDBS if:
- Medicare covers them,
- they are between the ages of 2 and 17 on at least one day that year, and
- you or they get an eligible payment, such as Veterans’ Children Education Scheme (VCES) or Family Tax Benefit A payments, at least once that year.
You can be either the child’s:
- parent or guardian, or
- approved care organisation.
In the first year, you can use the entire $1,000 allowance. It means there will be no cash available for the following year. You can utilise the remaining $1,000 in the second year if you don’t use it all in the first. If your child is still qualified in the second year, you can use it.
You won’t be able to spend the leftover funds if you don’t use the entire amount within two calendar years. You’ll have to wait for a new two-year period of coverage to begin. Once your child is no longer eligible, you won’t be able to spend any remaining funds.
Let us know if you’d want to use CDBS while making an appointment at Magical Smiles. Find out how close you are to the balance cap, as this will affect your benefit amount. Our dentist will check your child’s eligibility for benefits during their appointment. During your appointment, discuss the cost of each service and whether CDBS would pay it. If you agree to the services and the price, we will give you a consent document to sign.
Once your dental treatment is completed, you will receive a bill for payment. You can then use the Express Plus Medicare mobile app, your Medicare online account through myGov, or a Medicare Claim form that can be sent or dropped off at a service centre to claim a CDBS benefit. You will get the benefit through your bank account once Medicare has approved your claim.
Medicare verifies if your child is qualified for dental benefits every January and they keep checking throughout the year. Medicare will send you a letter if your children are eligible. You can check your Medicare online account through myGov or call the Medicare program line to confirm.