The Future of Health Exchanges

Northeast Delta Dental is working tirelessly to stay abreast of healthcare reform and any proposed changes and I’m always excited to share with my followers as much information as I have at hand as it becomes available. I want to share this excerpt with you, as quoted in the Executive Summary of the National Association of Dental Plans/Delta Dental Plans Association White Paper on “Offering Dental Benefits in Health Exchanges: A Roadmap for Federal and State policymakers” September 2011, Dallas Texas

“Exchanges are the new insurance marketplaces for both individuals and small businesses to access health insurance coverage required by the ACA. The American Health Benefits Exchange (AHBE) is the individual coverage market where federal subsidies of premium are available to qualified consumers. States must also provide a separate Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Exchange where employers with 100 employees or less can provide insurance to their full-time workforce. In some instances states can merge these Exchanges.”

This White Paper addresses issues raised by the requirement of “pediatric oral services” as part of the Essential Health Benefits Package (EHBP) offered through Exchanges. To read more, visit http://www.nadp.org/Advocacy/HealthCareReform/ExchangeWhitePaper.aspx and please share with me your thoughts.

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