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Covered California Finalizes Contracts for Pediatric Dental Plans in 2014

Covered California announced today that insurers have signed contracts to offer pediatric dental coverage in 2014 in both the exchange’s individual and small-group employer markets. The contracts offer stand-alone plans for children’s dental coverage in the first year of the new health benefit exchange, which will open for enrollment Oct. 1.  According to Covered California, the insurance companies offer a mix of plan choices statewide with rates as low as $8 per month in some areas. Meanwhile, Covered California pledged to work toward embedding pediatric dental coverage in its 2015 portfolio of comprehensive medical insurance products.

The five insurance companies that will offer pediatric dental plans through Covered California’s individual market in 2014 are:

  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Delta Dental
  • Liberty Dental
  • Premier Access

The seven insurance companies that will offer pediatric dental plans in Covered California’s Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) are:

  • Blue Shield of California
  • Delta Dental
  • Guardian
  • Liberty Dental
  • MetLife
  • Premier Access
  • Safeguard

Because of technical constraints, Covered California is unable to offer bundled pediatric dental plans in 2014. At its Aug. 8 meeting, the Board of Directors voted to direct staff to develop proposals by the end of the year for embedding children’s dental coverage in all Covered California health insurance plans in 2015. Covered California has begun reviewing how that could be accomplished under federal and state laws, while engaging consumer and dental care advocates. More information about Covered California’s children’s dental insurance plans is available at
www.coveredca.com/news/PDFs/CC_Childrens_dental_plan_rates.pdf.

 

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