Medicaid is a form of government-funded health care coverage available to low-income families and individuals residing in Illinois. Illinois has two Medicaid programs specifically for children, All Kids and Family Care.
All Kids insurance provides health care to children of low-income families, while Family Care provides coverage for children and their parents. Each of these programs includes dental care for kids and might assists in paying for orthodontic treatment (braces, Invisalign, surgical orthodontics). The dental program is administered by DentaQuest of Illinois.
Low income families living in Illinois can qualify for orthodontic coverage under various state insurance programs.
Illinois Medicaid (i.e, All Kids, Medical Card) administrators must pre-approve all patients for braces before an orthodontist can start treatment. Children with moderate to severe orthodontic problems can qualify for orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists use a special index to indicate the severity of a patient’s need for orthodontic treatment such as braces. However, children under the age of 20 qualify to be considered for coverage when getting braces. Even though all patients may not qualify for orthodontic treatment, we encourage patients to apply for treatment.