Provider Notice Issued 01/12/2021

Date:    January 12, 2021

 

To:       Enrolled Dental Providers

 

Re:      All Kids School Dental Program Update       

 

 

This notice informs dental providers that the temporary postponement of the All Kids School Dental Program for this school year has been lifted. This change affects dental providers treating children covered under both traditional fee-for-service and HealthChoice Illinois managed care plans. The postponement was necessary due to the implications of the public health emergency as a result of COVID-19.

 

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) has worked closely with the Illinois Department of Public Health (DPH) to assess opportunities that support children and their families’ oral health during this challenging time. Although there continues to be a public emergency in place, HFS and DPH agree that if possible, it is beneficial to have the All Kids School Dental Program available to school districts, day care centers and Head Start programs that will allow dental providers to come back into their facilities.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state on its School Sealant Programs webpage that school sealant programs are a very effective way to provide preventive oral health services to children who are at higher risk of developing cavities and less likely to receive private dental care. The All Kids School Dental Program can be safely restarted with adherence to the guidance issued by the CDC. Providers should work closely with school administration and local public health officials in determining the timeline and a plan for restarting school-based dental services. Considerations for School Sealant Programs During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic offers important information for service providers and school administrators to review and follow.

 

Questions regarding this notice may be directed to the Bureau of Professional and Ancillary Services at 877-782-5565, your DentaQuest provider representative or the appropriate HealthChoice Illinois plan.

 

 

 

Kelly Cunningham, Administrator

Division of Medical Programs​


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