Pediatric dental coverage may be too expensive for many, advocates say

06/20/2013 | Kaiser Health News

Parents might not be required to buy pediatric dental coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the cost of standalone dental plans will not factor into health insurance subsidy calculations, and standalone plan deductibles and co-pays will be in addition to those for medical plans. All of these factors could make pediatric dental benefits too expensive for many families, children's health advocates say. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., asked HHS to review rules for pediatric dental benefits, and 46 groups have asked the Treasury Department to include the cost of standalone dental plans in IRS calculations of ACA tax credits.

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