Pediatric dental plans will stand alone on Calif. exchange

Families in California buying health insurance through the state's marketplace will not face tax penalties if they do not purchase pediatric dental benefits, will not be eligible for Affordable Care Act subsides for the purchase of pediatric dental coverage, and will not have the option to buy a policy that combines pediatric dental benefits with other ACA-mandated essential benefits. Children's advocacy groups say the state should require all health plans sold on the exchange to include pediatric dental coverage. The state's insurance commissioner says federal law requires health plans to cover pediatric dental care as an essential benefit, and allowing stand-alone plans may run afoul of the law.

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