There are few smiles as the ACAs effect on dental coverage begins to be better understood. Coupling dental benefits with health care coverage may have unintended consequences and complicate access for employees.
How the ACA has drawn attention to vision care coverage and prompted employers to ask advisers about this voluntary benefit.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is sounding the alarm that many children arent getting the dental care they need even though the ACA includes pediatric dental care on its essential health benefits roster for small-group plans.
Offering dental coverage and encouraging employees to stick to yearly care regimens can boost employee well-being and overall productivity.
John Gumkowski, director of sales and marketing with Delta Dental of New Jersey, talks to Managing Editor Andrea Davis about its Dental Action Report, designed to benchmark the oral health habits and patterns of plan members.
Advisers say employers are increasingly purchasing voluntary dental plans as an effort to cut costs, meet new ACA requirements and retain employees.
Industry onlookers are saying that the voluntary exemption in the Affordable Care Act will do little to improve dental health across the nation as projections point to federal and health exchanges doing little to lower costs for Americans. However, can private dental exchanges and savings plans help to fill this void?
Employers, on the whole, report seeing their health care costs continuing to rise most suggest that costs will jump 19% between 2013 and 2014 alone.
The ACA's pediatric dental requirement brings increased attention to this popular benefit.