Improving Integration of Dental Health Benefits in Health Insurance Marketplaces

The Affordable Care Act includes pediatric dental services as one of ten essential health benefits that state and federal health insurance marketplaces must offer. However, dental is treated differently from other essential health benefits, creating unique implementation challenges. With support from the DentaQuest Foundation, NASHP held an expert meeting with state and federal marketplace officials, dental stakeholders, and national experts to identify major issues in delivering dental benefits through marketplaces, concerns with implementation to date, and potential policy and program solutions that can be implemented in future years. This report presents findings related to pediatric and adult dental coverage, benefit design, affordability, and plan selection.

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