CHILD DENTAL BENEFITS SCHEDULE (CDBS) CONTINUES IN 2017
CHANGES TO THE CHILD DENTAL BENEFIT SCHEDULE IN 2017
From 1 January 2017, benefits for basic dental services under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule are capped at $700 per child over 2 consecutive calendar years. The 2 year cap period starts when a child or teenager first gets an eligible dental service. If a child or teenager already started their 2 year cap period in 2016, they can continue to access the rest of the previous cap of $1,000 until 31 December 2017, provided the child is eligible for the CDBS in 2017.
If you don’t use all of the $700 benefit in the first year of eligibility, it can be used in the second year if the child remains eligible. Any remaining benefit can’t be accessed after the end of the second year.
Benefits cover a range of services including:
- fissure sealing
- root canals
Benefits aren’t available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and can’t be paid for any services provided in a hospital.
CDBS services won’t count towards the Medicare Safety Net or the Extended Medicare Safety Net thresholds.
You’ll get a letter to confirm if your child’s eligible for the CDBS if you’re a:
- parent or guardian
- approved care organisation
Older children getting payments under their own name may also get a letter.
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.
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