What is the Child Dental Benefits Schedule?
The Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) offers financial support for basic dental services for children ages 2 – 17 years. It is an initiative by the Department of Human Services to replace the Medicare Teen Dental Program effective 1 Jan 2014.
Are You Eligible For CDBS?
A child or teenager’s eligibility for CDBS is assessed at the beginning of each calendar year and is valid for the whole of that calendar year.
For one of our Pennant Hills patients to be eligible for CDBS, the child must be:
For full disclosure on CDBS eligibility, please refer to the Department of Human Services website.
What Benefits Can I Claim Through CDBS?
As of 2015, benefits for basic dental services are capped at $1,000 per child over 2 consecutive calendar years.
If you do not use all of your $1,000 benefit within the first year of eligibility, you can use it in the second year if you are still eligible. Any remaining balance will not be carried forward at the end of the second year.
Benefits provided by Hills Dental Design will cover a range of services including:
There are no available benefits for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work, and benefits cannot be applied toward any services provided in a hospital. The Child Dental Benefits Schedule services will not count towards the Medicare Safety Net or the Extended Medicare Safety Net thresholds.