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No dental for you

Dentists are private so they can pick which insurance to avoid using. There are 2 insurances every single Dentist in the USA Will not accept (Yes you read that right every dentist in America do not and will not take these)

1. Medicare

2. Medicaid

Both AARP and United Health care have Medicaid and Medicare attached to them, which makes every dental portion of the plan/coverage 100% useless

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How to Calculate Out-of-Pocket Medicare Costs (aarp.org)

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@MattC334230.thanks for sharing with us and I hope you find a dentist soon. So sorry about your situation. Nicole 😭

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you are so right.. very frustrating. My hubby has to use medicare for his dental (some crazy rule from his former employer) trying to locate a dentist who takes it (United health) sounds more like a mission impossible task. Our current dentist even said they will not take it because they never get their money from the insurance even if they initially agree to pay for it. (So I told them I would find another dentist (I am not on medicare yet... many years to go still 🙂 ) but I did not know there would be no dentist that we could turn to.. (I might have to eat my words and back track my way to my dentist...) very frustrating indeed...

we are also experiencing the same situation with eye care.. I spare you the details.

not sure why this problem is not being addressed since obviously this is a universal problem

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This is a very simple problem to fix but no one will actually do what needs to be done.

There needs to be a law that forces anyone in any type of medical to take insurance.

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They chose the profession, so they should not be able to pick and choose. You know what happens to a doctor, nurse, or anyone else qualified as a medical professional, if they ignore the scene of an accident, they lose their license to practice. So how are dentists and optometrists exempt from not wanting to accept insurance

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(12/4/23 2:11am EST) Hi @MattC334230 !

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How are they to pay the rent on their building?

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Pay their staff?.

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Pay electric bill?

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Buy dental supplies?

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Pay medical malpractice insurance premiums?

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Pay rent or mortgage on the roof over their heads and their chidren?

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Buy food for their children?

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Put gas in their car and so on?

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There are "volunteer" medical dentists who will help. Or Dental Schools. I go to a FREE clinic here in Roanoke, Virginia that does this. The Bradley Free Clinic. Been going there for my dental since 2018.

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Until Medicare and Medicaid start to pay them better, things will not change.

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Thanks,

Nicole 🙂

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@Mimi7Judmy exact question! I go on Medicare next year and DREADING the experience. Thanks for sharing with us. Thanks, Nicole 🙂

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My dentist charged about 50% less than when I had dental insurance because she did not have to go through the ordeal of filing a claim and trying to collect reimbursement.

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That is awesome @TomD857140 ! Thanks for sharing with us, Nicole 🙂

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