Share of Cost – Does Every Medi-Cal Member Have a SOC? 

Friday, Feb. 23rd 2024 11:29 AM

As a Medi-Cal member, you might wonder if you have a Share of Cost (SOC). The answer is no; not all Medi-Cal members will have a Share of the Cost. The Share of Cost is a certain amount of money you must pay before Medi-Cal begins to pay for your healthcare services. 

Some Medi-Cal members receive free Medi-Cal and do not have a SOC. To be eligible for free Medi-Cal, you must meet specific income requirements. If you make too much money to qualify for free Medi-Cal, you will have to pay a Share of Cost. 

However, some free Medi-Cal programs do not require paying a SOC. If you are still determining whether you are eligible for free Medi-Cal, you can always check with your county worker. They can provide more information on these programs and help determine your eligibility.

If you have children who need healthcare coverage, they might be eligible for Healthy Families. This low-cost health insurance program is specifically designed for children with a Share of Cost. While it covers fewer services than Medi-Cal, it can be a great option for families who need affordable healthcare coverage. 

If you have any questions about Healthy Families or want to learn more, ask your county Medi-Cal worker for more information. They can help you determine your children’s eligibility for this program and walk you through the application process.

Remember that it’s important to understand your healthcare coverage options and requirements to ensure you receive the care you need. Contact your county worker or our member service line for assistance.

Contact our member service line at 310-534-3444 M-F 8 am-4 pm if you are trying to qualify for a zero share of cost. Our team of experts will be happy to help you understand each plan’s different options and benefits.

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Share of Cost – What does Share of Cost Mean?

Wednesday, Feb. 21st 2024 10:18 AM

Share of Cost: Share of Cost is a program designed to help Californians. Californians with low income and resources pay for their medical expenses. The program is a part of Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program. The Share of Cost program requires recipients to pay a certain amount out of pocket for their monthly medical expenses before Medi-Cal begins to pay.

This amount is called “meeting your Share of Cost.” Your Share of Cost is calculated based on your income and expenses, a set amount you agree to pay monthly. Once you meet your Share of Cost for the month, Medi-Cal will pay for the rest of your medical expenses.

It is important to note that you only need to meet your Share of Cost in the months that you receive medical care. If you don’t receive medical care in a month, you won’t have to pay anything towards your Share of Cost.

The Share of Cost program can significantly help those who need medical care but can’t afford it. It allows them to get the care they need without worrying about the high medical expenses. If you are eligible for Medi-Cal, consider enrolling in the Share of Cost program to help manage your medical expenses.

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Pancreatic Cancer – Share of Cost

Saturday, Jul. 15th 2023 8:42 AM

Dental Care and Pancreatic Cancer

A research team from Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, MA, were the first to report strong evidence on a link between gum disease and pancreatic cancer, back in 2007. The type of gum inflammation associated with pancreatic cancer in the study was periodontitis, which affects the tissue that support the teeth and can cause loss of bone around the base of the teeth.

The other main kind of gum disease – gingivitis; where the tissue around the teeth becomes inflamed – was not linked to increased cancer risk. However, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis if persistent. Gingivitis happens when bacteria in the plaque around the base of the teeth build up due to bad dental hygiene.

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Share of Cost – Alzheimer’s

Wednesday, Jul. 12th 2023 8:38 AM

Dental Care and Alzheimer’s

In 2010, researchers from New York University (NYU) concluded that there is a link between gum inflammation and Alzheimer’s disease, after reviewing 20 years of data on the association. In 2013, UK-based researchers from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) built on the findings of this study, by comparing brain samples from 10 living patients with Alzheimer’s with 10 brain samples from people who did not have the disease. Analysis showed that a bacterium – Porphyromonas gingivalis – was present in the Alzheimer’s brain samples but not in the samples from the brains of people who did not have Alzheimer’s. What was interesting was that P. gingivalis is usually associated with chronic gum disease.

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Share of Cost – Tooth Decay

Sunday, Jul. 9th 2023 6:35 AM

Beyond Tooth Decay: Why Good Dental Hygiene is Important

Most of us are aware that poor dental hygiene can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath – but not brushing your teeth could also have consequences for more serious illnesses. Some less well-known and serious conditions that have been linked to poor dental hygiene in recent years: Alzheimer’s disease, pancreatic cancer and heart disease.

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Pneumonia – Share of Cost

Thursday, Jul. 6th 2023 8:32 AM

Risk of pneumonia in the elderly doubled by sleeping in dentures

Poor oral health and hygiene are increasingly recognized as major risk factors for pneumonia among the elderly. To identify modifiable oral health-related risk factors, lead researcher Toshimitsu Iinuma, Nihon University School of Dentistry, Japan, and a team of researchers prospectively investigated associations between a constellation of oral health behaviors and incidents of pneumonia in the community-living of elders 85 years of age or older.

This study, titled “Denture Wearing During Sleep Doubles the Risk of Pneumonia in Very Elderly,” has been published by the International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR in the OnlineFirst portion of the Journal of Dental Research (JDR).

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Combating Periodontal Pathogens – Share of Cost

Monday, Jul. 3rd 2023 6:29 AM

Combating Periodontal Pathogens: Periodontitis is a common ailment. If the inflammation remains untreated, it could lead to tooth loss. However, it is also suspected of triggering many other diseases, like cardiopulmonary diseases. Researchers are studying the interactions, and developing compounds to combat the causative agents

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Athletes – Share of Cost

Thursday, Jun. 29th 2023 8:25 AM

Oral health problems in elite athletes ‘must be addressed

Poor oral health affecting athletes’ general health and performance shows ‘no signs of improvement’ and must be remedied, say a group of health experts and sporting bodies. In a consensus statement, the authors call for action to tackle poor oral health among athletes. They say that simple measures such as encouraging better brushing and flossing could provide the same marginal performance gains as expensive physical therapies.

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Share of Cost – Expanding Your Miles

Monday, Jun. 26th 2023 6:23 AM

According to the ADA’s 2011 survey of fees it found that dentist fees in rural areas are typically lower than in urban areas. By comparison shopping for the procedure you need by calling different dental offices outside your metro area and asking about their fees you may be able to save substantial amount of money, making the drive to the dental office worth it.

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Share of Cost – Charitable Dental Clinics

Friday, Jun. 23rd 2023 8:20 AM

One cost saving option if you do not have dental insurance is to look for low-cost or free dental clinics offered in your community by local dentist volunteers. Find opportunities in your area through America’s Dentists Care Foundation.

Another charitable organization with volunteer dental professionals is Dentistry From the Heart, a global nonprofit organization (727-849-2002). Or ask your state’s dental association (find it online) about low-cost care.

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Buy Dental Insurance – Share of Cost

Tuesday, Jun. 20th 2023 8:18 AM

Do Not Wait Until The Last Minute to Buy Dental Insurance.

Sadly many people do not buy dental insurance until they need to have larger dental care services. Then they are upset when they find out by doing that they have greatly restrict their plan options. It is important to understand that if you are wanting a dental PPO or Indemnity plan (Free Choice of Provider) insurance plan that these types of plans normally have waiting periods for larger dental care needs.

By waiting until you have toothache before buying this type of plan you quickly find out that you may not have coverage’s for the very service you need. Therefore with these types of dental insurance plans it is key to think ahead. One main benefit of buying a dental PPO and or Indemnity dental insurance plan when you are not in need of larger dental services is that if you have it you may use it and therefore also avoid the need of having to have larger dental care due to having proper preventive care services.

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Tip on Saving Money On Dental Care – Share of Cost

Sunday, Jun. 18th 2023 8:16 AM

One Way to Save Money on Your Dental Care Is To Ask For It.

Next time you are at your dentist try requesting 10 percent off. Some dentists will take up to 10 percent off the cost of a visit or procedure if you pay in full at the time of the visit. If your dentist does not provide a discount, ask for one. A respectful and polite request has the best chance of success. Or shop around for a dentist, gathering recommendations from friends and then phoning those offices to find out if they offer such a discount

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Share of Cost – Dental Cleaning

Thursday, Jun. 15th 2023 6:13 AM

Can I cut back to one cleaning a year?

Question: Right now I do not have insurance and having twice a year cleaning’s do not seem all that important since I do have good teeth can I cut back to just having a check up and cleaning one a year?

Answer: If you do not have any serious dental issues, you can probably get by with one cleaning annually. According to several studies, they have indicated that visiting the dentist twice a year has no notable benefits when compared with a single visit annually.

However, do not skip that annual cleaning and exam it could save you from costly and serious problems. Also talk to your current dentist and see what he/she advise. I would additional suggest that you look into getting dental insurance. Not only will dental insurance save you money on your dental care needs but most plan provide for twice a year check ups and cleans at little to no cost.

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Share of Cost – Save Money on Dental Care

Monday, Jun. 12th 2023 8:11 AM

How Preventive Dental Care Saves You Money

In many cases, one of the best way to save on the cost of dentistry is to take excellent care of your teeth and gums and teach children healthy dental routines. Such as, did you know that fruit juices, carbonated drinks and acidic foods can help wear away your tooth enamel? Make sure you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day flossing daily and rinsing your mouth out with a germ/plaque fighting mouthwash. Also maintain your regular dental checks ups as advised by your dentist.

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Share of Cost – What Are Bite-Wing X-Rays

Friday, Jun. 9th 2023 8:08 AM

What Are Bite-Wing X-Rays: Bite-Wing X-ray is a single X-ray that shows upper and lower teeth teeth (from crown to about the level of the supporting bone) in a select area on the same film. Generally Bite-Wing X-Rays fall under preventive care with most insurance plans and are free to little cost.

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Share of Cost – Amalgam

Wednesday, Jun. 7th 2023 6:05 AM

What is Amalgam: Amalgam a common filling material used to repair cavities. The material, also known as “silver fillings,” contains mercury in combination with silver, tin, copper, and sometimes zinc. Amalgam is normally the lest costly filling option available, but normally it is not used for teeth that are in the smile zone.

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