BREAKING NEWS: Child Dental Benefits Scheme extended in 2017!

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has applauded announcement by the Turnbull Government and its Health Minister, Greg Hunt, to reinstate the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) cap to $1,000.

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Good dental habits and hygiene are important to all, but it is particularly important for youngsters to get in the habit of good dental practices.

This is why, since January 1st, 2014, the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) has given over 3 million Australian children, aged between 2 and 17, access to basic dental services. This Government funded initiative, which replaced the Medicare Teen Dental Plan, has helped to ensure those who may not have had access to such benefits, now do.

IN THE NEWS

On 8 February 2017, the Minister for Health and Minister for Sport, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, announced that the benefit cap entitlement under the CDBS will be reinstated to $1,000. All eligible children will continue to have access to a benefit cap of $1,000 over a two calendar year period.

At Warner Lakes Dental we are eager work with you, CDBS, and your children to ensure that their teeth and dental health are at optimum levels!

We encourage you to come in and see us today, to find out if your child is eligible for CDBS and begin accessing these wonderful dental benefits!

What Services Are Offered?

The CDBS covers a range of basic dental services including:

  • Examinations
  • Clean, scale, and polish
  • Fillings
  • Fissure sealing
  • X-rays
  • Root canal treatment
  • Extractions
  • Emergencies

According to the Department of Human Services web page, “Benefits aren’t available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and can’t be paid for any services provided in a hospital.” Also, “CDBS services won’t count towards the Medicare Safety Net or the Extended Medicare Safety Net thresholds.”

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, you must be:

  • Aged between 2 and 17 for at least 1 day of the calendar year
  • Eligible for Medicare, and
  • Getting one of the payments in the table below for at least 1 day of the calendar year.

Eligibility is assessed at the beginning of each calendar year and is valid for the entire year. If you become eligible part way through a calendar year, you only get benefits under the CDBS from the date of Medicare eligibility.

Your children are eligible if the child’s parent, carer, or guardian receives:

  • Family Tax Benefit Part A
  • Parenting Payment, or
  • Double Orphan Pension
  • ABSTUDY

A child is eligible if they receive:

  • Family Tax Benefit Part A
  • Carer Payment
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Parenting Payment
  • Special Benefit
  • Youth Allowance
  • Financial assistance under the Veterans’ Children Education Scheme (VCES) and can’t be included as a dependent child for the purposes of Family Tax Benefit because they are 16 years or older, or
  • Financial assistance under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme (MRCAETS) and can’t be included as a dependent child for the purposes of Family Tax Benefit because they are 16 years or older

You’ll get a letter to confirm the eligibility of your child for the CDBS if you’re a:

  • Parent or guardian
  • Approved care organisation

Older children getting payments under their own name may also receive a letter.

Dental Care at Warner Lakes Dental

At Warner Lakes Dental the oral health of your child and entire family is important to us. We provide gentle, specialist care for all conditions and work to prevent disease, decay, and too many dentist appointments in the future. Our commitment to our patients is dental health for the holidays and beyond!

For more information about CBDS, you can visit our Child Dental Benefits Schedule page.

Child Dental Benefit Schedule

  • Bulk Bill for children who are eligible for MEDICARE CHILD DENTAL BENEFIT SCHEDULE
  • Up to $1000 worth of dental treatments over two years

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