Capital: USPSTF Preventing Dental Caries in Children

Capital BlueCross (CBC) announced that effective May 5, 2015, they will update their schedule of preventive care services. This update is based on the recommendation of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), which includes the following as covered preventive services:

  • The prescription by a primary care clinician of oral fluoride supplementation starting at age 6 months for children whose water supply is deficient in fluoride.
  • The application of a fluoride varnish by a primary care clinician to the primary teeth of all infants and children starting at primary tooth eruption through five years of age.

An email will be issued later this month to all affected group customers notifying them of this update to CBC’s schedule of preventive care services.  Those group customers for whom CBC does not have an email address on file will receive the communication through the US mail.  In addition, a message will be placed on the personal member page of each affected customer (who has registered) on or about May 1, 2015.  An article about this change will also appear in the next issues of CBC’s BenefitFocus and SimplyWell, due out later this spring.


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