The Associated Press

Mass. To Offer Dental Plans Through Its Health Connector

BOSTON — Massachusetts will begin offering stand-alone dental plans for children and adults through the state’s Health Connector, starting next year.

State health officials say making dental care more readily available will improve the overall health of Massachusetts residents.

Dental coverage is one of several changes coming to the state’s health care exchange.

Beginning in 2014, insurers seeking to offer plans through the connector must not only meet state requirements but also federal requirements to receive the connector’s seal of approval.

Also next year, residents with incomes below 400 percent of the federal poverty level — about $94,000 for a family of four — will be eligible for federal tax credits if they purchase health insurance through the connector.

On Thursday the state also received $44 million in federal funds to help its efforts to contain health costs.

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  • X-Ray

    “. . . stand-alone dental plans for children and adults . . .” Who does that leave out of the coverage?

    • Louie

      Hamsters.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shava23 Shava Nerad

      Recently, the only people they have covered are stand alone plans for low income children – this is why the “AND adults” is new and improved.

      I operate an adult foster care residence for people on disability. Since MassHealth cut adult benefits, my folks basically can afford to diagnose but not treat any major problem with their mouth. It’s pitiful what people have to go through – we have gotten by on extractions, free clinics, and charities in recent years.

      Dental health neglect can lead to cardiac health crisis, generalized infection, malnutrition, and other systemic health problems particularly in older adults living alone who neglect care.

      Shorting benefits? Short sighted.

  • PETER H DRAGONAS, M.D.

    We need to pave the way for dentall care as basic part of every INSURANCE PLAN BOTH PRIVATE AND G OVERNMENT FUNDED! PHDRAGONAS, M.D. BOSTON/NY/LA

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