February 28, 2013
In January, it was reported thatpediatric dental coverage could be a mandate of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, but the Department of Health and Human Services has issued clarification on the matter and how it pertains to a Federally-facilitated Exchange (FFE), including State Partnership Exchanges.
Now we know that stand-alone dental plans (SADPs)are only allowed to participate in an Exchange if the plan includes pediatric dental benefits as listed as one of the essential health benefits (EHB). A health plan that does not offer the pediatric dental EHB can still count as a qualified health plan (QHP), eligible for Exchange participation, so long as the Exchange includes at least one SADP.
The HHS has issued a table of the number of issuers in each state that intend to offer stand-alone dental plans (SADPs). The number of SADPs, in the individual and/or small group markets ranges from one to nine.
The American Dental Association issued a news release just yesterday regarding this topic.
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