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ADA Health Policy Institute

Taking Stock of Pediatric Dental Benefit "Mandate" Under the ACA

(March 2016 - 58 min)



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Dental coverage for children is part of the Essential Health Benefits under the Affordable Care Act. This webinar discussed some of the key implementation challenges when it comes to the child dental coverage "mandate."  The webinar also presented new research from the ADA Health Policy Institute that examines out-of-pocket spending for child dental care services under typical private dental benefits plans. The research convincingly shows that for the vast majority of beneficiaries, total out-of-pocket spending exceeds the total market value of their dental care. Panelists will discuss future considerations for dental benefit design.

Marko Vujicic, Chief Economist & Vice President, ADA Health Policy Institute

Cassandra Yarbrough, Health Policy Researcher, ADA Health Policy Institute

Colin Reusch, Senior Policy Analyst, Children's Dental Health Project

Taylor Priestley, Certification Program Manager, Covered California

Evelyn Ireland, Executive Director, National Association of Dental Plans