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Dental insurance for adults is not part of Obamacare. However, as you may know, the Affordable Care Act includes pediatric dental coverage among its 10 essential health benefits. That means dental coverage must be made available on state-based and federally facilitated exchanges to children ages 18 and younger. These benefits may be embedded in health insurance plans or be made available as standalone plans. Despite this provision, adults are not required to purchase dental benefits for their dependents.
Nonetheless, it can be wise for individuals and families to buy dental insurance coverage. Good health includes good oral health. Along with good oral hygiene, the American Dental Association says that regular dental exams can prevent most dental disease.1 Dental benefits can help reduce what you pay out of pocket for dental care, and some plans cover preventive services including professional cleanings and exams at 100 percent.
So, where should you buy dental insurance? Should you shop the private marketplace or your state-based or federally facilitated health insurance exchange? While a state or federal exchange may sound convenient, it is important to keep the following in mind:
Why buy dental insurance away from the exchanges?
Enrolling in a standalone dental plan in the private marketplace—either through a health insurance agent or website such as healthedeals.com—may have some advantages such as access to:
One size does not fit all. Having more options allows you to carefully select dental benefits that make sense for you and your family—dental benefits you will use. You can make your choice based on premium as well as factors such as deductible, coinsurance, copays, and network providers. For example, if you have few dental needs and simply want to take advantage of robust preventive and basic benefits, you can typically find a dental plan with a lower premium; if you tend to need more dental work, you may find a plan with more robust major care benefits but at a higher premium.
If you need help selecting the right dental insurance plan for your family, call 888-839-7679 to talk to an IHC representative.
1 American Dental Association. “Oral Health.” MouthHealthy.org. http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/o/oral-health
2 Vestal, Christine. “States’ Boost to Adult Dental Care Could Help Low-Income Residents.” June 10, 2015. The Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/10/dental-care-medicaid_n_7553544.html
About The IHC Group
The IHC Group is an organization of insurance carriers and marketing and administrative affiliates that has been providing life, health, disability, medical stop-loss and specialty insurance solutions to groups and individuals for over30 years. Members of The IHC Group include Independence Holding Company (NYSE:IHC), American IndependenceCorp. (NASDAQ: AMIC), Standard Security Life Insurance Company of New York, Madison National Life Insurance Company, Inc. and Independence American Insurance Company. Each insurance carrier in The IHC Group has a financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) from A.M. Best Company, Inc., a widely recognized rating agency that rates insurance companies on their relative financial strength and ability to meet policyholder obligations. (An A++ rating from A.M. Best is its highest rating.) Collectively, the companies in The IHC Group provide insurance coverage to more than one million individuals and groups. For more information about The IHC Group, visit www.ihcgroup.com.
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IHC Specialty Benefits, doing business as Health eDeals Insurance Solutions is a full-service marketing and distribution company that focuses on small employer, individual and consumer products. Health eDeals markets products through general agents online, telebrokerage, advisor centers, private label and directly to consumers. For more information about Health eDeals visit www.HealtheDeals.com.