The Easy Guide to Dental Insurance Plans In Washington State  

The Easy Guide to Dental Insurance Plans In Washington State

As dental costs rise, many people are wondering if they should buy dental insurance. Insurance can help offset costs of preventative treatment and make it easier to deal with unexpected dental expenses and repair work. If you're thinking about getting dental insurance, make sure to check out several different plans and ask many questions. Some of the questions you should ask when you're looking for a Washington state dental plan are as follows.

Ask about the yearly maximum the dental insurance will cover. The yearly maximum is the most money that you can be covered for within one year. It automatically renews each year, and all unused benefits are lost. Most dental insurance companies have a yearly maximum of one year.

Find out whether your plan covers both in and out of network dentists. Many independent dental insurance plans will only pay for your dental services if you go to a dentist in their particular network. In some groups, your reimbursements for non approved dentists will be less. In others, you will not be reimbursed or covered at all. Find out whether you have the freedom to choose your own dentist. If you do not, make sure you get a list of the participating in network dentists before you sign your plan. That way you will know if they have a dental care provider you would want to see.

Ask to see their UCR guide. UCR stands for Usual, Customary, and Reasonable. This tells you what price your insurer is willing to pay for each dental procedure. These charges are not based on what your dentist charges, so it's important to know up front what will be paid. Whatever is left over, you may have to pay. If your policy requires that you see a provider in the network, however, you will probably not be asked to cover the difference. A contracted dentist usually has an agreement to write that amount off with the insurance company.

You'll find that most dental insurance companies break their dental procedures into three categories. These are Preventative, Basic/Restorative, and Major. When you compare your prospective dental plans, make sure that they cover all the above categories. If not, you might find that your major dental work won't be covered by your plan. This is something you want to discover before you sign the plan, not after!

If the policy has a waiting period, be sure that you find out how long it is, and what it covers. You may not be able to get certain types of treatment until the waiting period is over. Typically, waiting periods are about a year. Also find out about missing tooth clauses. These prevent the insurance company from paying for replacement of a tooth that was missing before you signed your policy. If you are hoping to get a partial or bridge for a missing tooth, you will want to try to find a policy without this clause.
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