The level of dental carrier competition could be stronger at some of the new health insurance exchange programs than at others.
Consumers who use either the individual or the group exchange system in Florida, Georgia or Virginia could get to pick from a menu of nine carriers.
Consumers in four other states — Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware and Iowa — might only have three dental carrier choices.
Consumers in other states with federal-government-run exchanges could have four to eight dental choices.
Officials at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), an arm of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), have published information supporting those numbers in a new projected dental carrier participation table.
The table shows how many dental carriers have expressed an interest in selling voluntary, consumer-paid dental plans in the “federally facilitated exchanges” and “state partnership exchanges” that CCIIO will help CMS run.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) calls for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the parent of CMS, to work with state agencies to set up exchanges, or Web-based health insurance supermarkets, in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.