Five million to 8.7 million children are expected to gain dental insurance by 2018 as a result of the Affordable Care Act, but the picture is mixed for adults. Only two states require parents to buy dental coverage for their minor children, but all state exchanges must offer pediatric dental plans, either as part of medical insurance or on a standalone basis. Consumers need to be aware that deductibles vary widely and that dental plans that are part of a medical plan might not provide the same coverage as a conventional standalone plan, says NADP Executive Director Evelyn Ireland.

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