State of dental coverage under the ACA is unclear

12/19/2012 | KQED.org

Millions of children stand to gain dental benefits under the Affordable Care Act, though state and federal regulators are still working out details, and loopholes will enable some parents to skirt the provision. HHS has not said whether penalties will be levied against parents who fail to obtain dental coverage for their children. HHS might leave the decision up to the states, says NADP Executive Director Evelyn Ireland, and according to NADP the cost of the expanded coverage for children and fees imposed on insurers could make coverage unaffordable for many families, forcing parents to drop their own coverage to pay for their children's.

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