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Do Kaiser Permanente dental offices offer reduced-fee plans for low-income individuals or seniors?

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Kaiser Permanente’s Healthy Smile Plan is a discount dental plan for individuals and families that offers dental services at reduced fees. Providers in the network have agreed to accept these fees as full payment for services they perform.

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Members under the plan select a provider from within the Kaiser or DenteMax network and can receive an average of 20 to 50 percent of general and specialists’ standard fees for oral exams, cleanings, teeth whitening, braces, root canals and treatments for gum disease. This plan does not have income- or age-based eligibility requirements and automatically accepts anyone who applies. There is no waiting period or limit on the number of visits and no annual maximum benefit limit. As of 2015, the cost of this plan was $98 per year for individuals and $150 for families of up to nine individuals.

Seniors who are already Senior Advantage Members may also consider the Healthy Smile Senior Advantage Program. It provides the same benefits as the standard Healthy Smiles plan but at a reduced rate for Senior Advantage members and costs $33 per individual per year as of 2015. It is available only on Oregon and Washington.

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest routinely offers free dental care to low-income, uninsured and underinsured adults and families through Safety Net Partnerships with local clinics, community health organizations and free clinics in Oregon.

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