JADA April 2017
Pediatric dental benefits must be offered in the health insurance
marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act. The authors analyzed trends
over time in premiums and the number of dental insurers participating in the
marketplaces. The authors collected dental benefit plan data from 35 states
participating in the federally facilitated marketplaces in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
For each county, they counted the number of issuers offering stand-alone dental
plans (SADPs) and medical plans with embedded pediatric dental benefits. They
also analyzed trends in premiums.