The Affordable Care Act requires coverage of pediatric dental services under individual and small-group health insurance plans sold on exchanges or on the private market, but the requirement does not apply to large-group or grandfathered plans. Medicaid already covers pediatric dental care and more children are expected to be enrolled as a result of the ACA, but parents of many eligible children are unable to find a provider. Moreover, provisions in the law such as limits on consumer out-of-pocket expenses will lead to higher premiums, NADP Executive Director Evelyn Ireland points out.

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