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Sorting Out Confusion Over Dental Care Under ACA



    Sorting Out Confusion Over Dental Care Under ACA

    One aspect of the new health care law that hasn't received too much attention is the fact that dental coverage is available but there is a lot of confusion over just who can be covered.

    In Connecticut dental benefits are available to children up to the age of 19.

    Dr. W. Fred Thal, who has been practicing dentistry in New Britain for more than 30 years, said it's a good thing that more children are now eligible for insurance thanks to Obamacare.

    "Anytime children receive more dental care it's a good thing," he said.

    Even though child dental coverage is a key part of the Affordable Care Act some states don't include dental benefits in Obamacare insurance plans which forces parents to buy insurance on the open market.

    Connecticut is one of the few states that includes pediatric dental in all of its health plans.

    Dr. Thal said parents need to know that the option is out there.

    "They may not even know that this is available for kids," he said. "Hopefully as time goes on it will be more and more well known."

    Dental benefits may be available for kids but adults signing up for health coverage will still have to shop on the open market for dental.

    George Watts, with Plainville based Health Consultants Group, said it's a question they often get from their clients. He said there are cost effective options out there.

    "Adults, if they're looking for dental, would still have to purchase that on the open market," said Watts.

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