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Ideas on covering how dental benefits expansion is working under the ACA


Mary Otto

What does recent federal data reveal about how dental benefits are working on federal and state insurance marketplaces so far? In “Dental Benefits in Health Insurance Marketplaces: An Update on Policy Considerations” the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) takes a look. 

In one perhaps surprising development, young adults aged 26-34 have turned out to be the group most likely to purchase stand-alone dental coverage on the federally-facilitated marketplace, with 302,000 individuals (20 percent of enrollees).

By comparison, 14 percent of the enrollees, or roughly 100,000 were children aged 0-18, according to the most recent marketplace data reported  by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Are young adults in your state obtaining dental benefits? Are they satisfied with their coverage? Why aren’t more parents in your state purchasing dental coverage for their children?

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