Illinois Dental Medicaid Program

The state of Illinois offers Illinois’ uninsured and low income adults, children and families a dental program for eligible recipients. The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) describes who is eligible for the program and what services are offered.

In 2012, the Illinois governor signed the Save Medicaid Access and Resources Together (SMART) Act which requires that 50% of Medicaid patients be enrolled in care coordination programs by January 1, 2015. The care coordination will be provided to Medicaid clients by a variety of “managed care entities.”


If you are enrolled in a managed care health plan, but do not know which one, please contact HFS at 800/842-1461 to determine your health care plan coverage and benefits.


The traditional dental Medicaid fee-for-service plan will continue to be administered by DentaQuest, overseen by HFS. Participants should contact DentaQuest at 888/286-2447 to obtain a referral for a dentist that participates in the dental program.


Some of the managed care entities may have a different dental administrator than DentaQuest.


If you are looking for a provider that accepts LIBERTY Dental Plan (Meridian, Well Care Harmony), call 888/442-8984.


If you are looking for a provider that accepts Avesis (Molina Health Plan), call 800/828-9341.

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