Golden State exchanges gear up to compete for customers in places like La Jolla, Calif. (AP photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Covered California will start off offering small-group, child-only dental coverage from seven carriers.

Managers of California’s public exchange said the small-group dental menu will include products from the giants, including Blue Shield of California, Delta Dental, Guardian and MetLife.

Another big player, WellPoint’s Anthem unit, will sell child-only dental coverage through the individual exchange but not the small-group one.

Rates begin at $8 per child per month.

In other exchange news, the CaliforniaChoice private exchange — one of the first big, successful private exchanges — insists its plan menu will beat the Covered California menu.

The Word & Brown unit that runs the exchange says its exchange will offer plans from two plans missing from the Covered California menu — Aetna and Anthem.

The company also says that, unlike the public exchange, its exchange will offer vision, chiropractic and life plans.

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