Some of the more smoothly running state-based health insurance exchanges are starting to think about expanding product menus.
Members of the Dental Plan Technical Advisory Committee at the Washington Health Benefit Exchange said they may add adult and family dental products in 2016.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires the public exchanges to offer basic dental and vision benefits for children, and it lets exchanges meet the dental benefits requirement by selling stand-alone dental plans.
Washington state is having its Washington Healthplanfinder exchange site offer dental coverage solely in the form of stand-alone dental coverage. Families with children that use the exchanges to buy health coverage must also buy dental coverage.
Adults can’t get dental coverage directly through the exchange.