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Below is a list of medical services covered that Medical Assistance may cover. Do NOT assume all medical services are covered and paid for by Medical Assistance. Before you get a medical service, ask your provider if the services is covered. You will have to pay for services not covered by Medical Assistance.

  • Ambulance - Covers ground and air ambulance trips, attendant, oxygen and loaded mileage (plus other necessary expenses) when medically necessary to take the recipient to the closest medical provider capable of providing the needed care. The service will only be covered if another type of transportation would endanger the life or health of the recipient. A call for an ambulance in the absence of other transportation is not appropriate for non-emergency services.
  • Chiropractor - Covers manual manipulation of the spine when X-rays taken verify displacement of the spine. Medical Assistance will not pay for more than 30 manipulations in any 12-month period.
  • Clinics - Covers medical services and supplies furnished under the direction of a doctor.
  • Dental - Covers a wide range of dental services, but some must be pre-approved. For adults age 21 and older non-emergency services are covered up to a total of $1,000 per year. Your dentist will contact Delta Dental of South Dakota to make sure there is still room under your $1,000 limit to provide services for you. You may have to schedule your appointment at a time when you have room under your $1,000 limit, but it is your responsibility to pay for services beyond the $1,000 limit. There is no cost share on dental services provided for children younger than age 21, but braces require pre-approval. In most cases, a child must have a condition that limits the ability to eat, chew, and speak for braces to be approved. NOTE: If you have further questions or need help, please contact Delta Dental of South Dakota at 1-800-627-3961. For a list of participating dental providers please visit:
  • Diabetes Education - Covers up to 10 hours of diabetes self-management education when you are first diagnosed with diabetes. Also covers two hours per year of follow-up education. Assessment of need and documented physician order required.
  • Durable Medical Equipment (DME) - Covers reusable equipment that is medically necessary and that complies with set service limits.
    • Note: Only one nebulizer every five years per family is allowed. Replacement hearing aids may be provided only after a minimum of three years has elapsed since the original fitting and if the original hearing aids are no longer serviceable.
    • Equipment NOT covered includes: exercise equipment; protective outerwear; and personal comfort or environmental control equipment such as air conditioners, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, heaters or furnaces. Medical equipment, other than hearing aids, for nursing home residents is given by the nursing home.
  • Family Planning - Covers diagnosis and treatment, drugs, supplies, devices, procedures and counseling for people of childbearing age.
  • Home Health - Covers nursing care, therapy and medical supplies when provided in the recipient's home with doctor's order.
  • Hospice - Covers end of life care for terminally ill recipients given by licensed hospice providers.
  • Hospital
    • Inpatient - Covers room and board, regular nursing services, supplies and equipment, operating and delivery rooms, X-rays, lab and therapy.
    • Outpatient - Covers emergency room services and supplies, lab, X-rays and other radiology services, therapy care, drugs and outpatient surgery.
  • Mental Health - Covers psychiatric and psychological evaluations as well as individual group-family psychotherapy for the care and treatment of certain diagnosis related mental illness or disorders.
  • Nursing Home - Covers room and board, nursing care, therapy care, meals and general medical supplies. Medical Assistance will NOT pay for durable medical equipment for residents in a nursing home.
  • Out-of-State Coverage
    When receiving out-of-state services, make sure:
    1. The provider is a SD Medical Assistance Provider;
    2. If you are a managed care recipient, that you have a referral from your PCP for non-emergency service;
    3. The services are covered under SD Medical Assistance guidelines. Ask your provider if a service is covered.
    o Medical Assistance will cover out-of-state emergency services with the same limits as in-state services if the provider accepts SD Medical Assistance.
  • Personal Care - Covers basic personal care, grooming and household services, if related to a medical need essential to the patient's health. The service must be provided in the recipient's home. Must be physician ordered and included in the case service plan.
  • Physician (Doctor) - Covers medical and surgical services performed by a doctor, supplies and drugs given at the doctor's office, X-rays and laboratory tests needed for diagnosis and treatment.
  • Podiatry (Foot Doctor) - Covers office visits, supplies, X-rays, glucose and culture check and limited surgical procedures.
  • Prescriptions - Covers a large range of, but not all, prescription drugs, diabetis supplies, family planning prescriptions, supplies and devices. Does not cover most "over-the-counter" medications or products.
  • Rehabilitation Hospital - Covers extensive rehabilitative therapy following an illness or injury.
  • Other Transportation Services - Covers non-emergency transportation services to and from an eligible recipient's home to the closest appropriate medical provider. Mileage allowances are not available for travel within city limits. Meal and lodging allowances are only made if the provider is at least 100 miles from the recipient's city of residence and travel is to obtain specialty care or treatment that results in an overnight stay.

    Transportation to the closest Primary Care Provider (PCP) is reimbursable except if the PCP is within the recipient's city limits. NEMT will only be reimbursed if a "good cause"
    exception has been granted from the South Dakota Managed Care Program. Lodging and meals are not reimbursable when travel is to a PCP.
  • Vision - Covers exam, glasses and frames, and contact lenses when necessary for the correction of certain conditions. You can receive replacement eyeglasses only after 15 months have passed and a lens change is medically necessary.
  • Wheelchair Transportation - Covers non-emergency transportation services for medical treatment to and from the recipient's home to a medical provider, between medical providers, or from a medical provider to the recipient's home. The recipient must need to use a wheelchair to get this service. Stretcher services also included.
    More Services Covered for Children
  • Well-Child Exams - Well-Child Care visits help prevent illnesses before they happen. They also provide treatment for any illnesses your child may have. These services are available for children under age 21 who receive Medical Assistance. Well-Child exams cover screening and diagnostic services to determine physical or mental status and treatment to correct or eliminate defects or chronic conditions. Also covers certain medical equipment, nutritional therapy, treatment for alcohol and drug chemical dependency, additional dental and orthodontic services as well as inpatient psychiatric care.

Several of these services require prior authorization from the Department of Social Services. Be sure to check with your provider regarding these requirements.