Medical Care Services Healthcare Will Expand to Include Dental Coverage
 
Dec 20, 2019
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SEATTLE – Washington state’s state-funded health insurance program that serves immigrants that are elderly or disabled and ineligible for Medicaid will expand to include access to full dental benefits on January 1, 2020.

The Medical Care Services (MCS) health insurance program provides state-funded healthcare to legal permanent residents of the U.S. who are also recipients of the Housing & Essential Needs (HEN) or Aged, Blind or Disabled (ABD) assistance programs. These programs serve people while they recover from a short-term disability or transition to federal disability benefits. MCS currently serves 2,200 people in Washington state, and the average age of recipients is 69 years.

Medical Care Services currently provides access to healthcare coverage, but only emergency dental coverage such as pulling teeth. The full dental benefit that will be added on January 1 will cover a full array of dental needs at no cost to the recipients.

MCS recipients who are looking for a provider who will take their insurance can go to DentistLink.org or call 844-888-5465.

To learn more about eligibility for Medical Care Services (MCs); Aged, Blind or Disabled (ABD) assistance; or the Housing & Essential Needs (HEN) program, visit WashingtonConnection.org.

Statewide Poverty Action Network is a grassroots advocacy organization that fights against root causes of poverty and advances equitable policy change at the state level. For more information, visit www.povertyaction.org.

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For more information contact:
Adriana Lasso-Harrier, Communications Manager
adriana@povertyaction.org
206-694-6772