With the presidential election decided, implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will ramp up. States are expected to move quickly to build health exchanges in which individuals and eligible small business owners can purchase medical and dental benefits. In states that do not act as required, the federal government will launch exchanges. Dental insurance carriers continue to work toward ensuring that pediatric oral services, one of the mandated essential health care benefits required under the ACA, can be provided competitively. We're urging the federal government and individual states to make plan selection as simple and transparent as possible for the millions of consumers who will shop on exchanges beginning January 1, 2014, when they are scheduled to open for business.
Dr. James L. Johnson