SOURCE: National Association of Dental Plans

National Association of Dental Plans

July 11, 2016 15:00 ET

Dental Coalition Applauds Proposed Rule on Dental Tax Credits

Treasury Department Draft Rule Gives Parents and Children a Reason to Smile

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - July 11, 2016) - A national dental health coalition representing providers, consumers, and dental plans applauds Friday's Treasury Department proposed rule clarifying the inclusion of subsidies for pediatric dental benefits purchased in the Marketplaces as part of tax credits for all families. Dental benefits are essential to maintaining good oral and overall health, and the coalition hails the proposal as a victory for the nation's children.

The coalition includes:

  • American Dental Association
  • Children's Dental Health Project
  • Delta Dental Plans Association
  • National Association of Dental Plans

Working with Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan), the coalition advocated for affordable coverage for pediatric dental benefits in the Marketplaces, and had urged the Treasury to equally apply Advanced Premium Tax Credits (APTC) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to pediatric dental benefits.

Over the last three years, the coalition found a substantial number of states did not have pediatric dental coverage within their medical benchmark plan and thus, a tax credit for the pediatric dental premium was not included in the overall subsidy calculation.

The Coalition praises the Treasury's proposal to clarify the benchmark calculation to include pediatric dental regardless of whether the benefit is embedded in a medical policy or offered separately on the Marketplaces. The proposal assures APTC for all 10 of the Essential Health Benefits as intended in the ACA. For a detailed overview of these technical issues, view the infographic, "The Impact of Missing Premium Assistance for Pediatric Dental Benefits in 2015."

The coalition encourages all interested stakeholders to support the proposed rule's intent to provide equitable distribution of APTC by establishing state benchmarks that include pediatric dental coverage.

About ADA

The not-for-profit American Dental Association (ADA) is the nation's largest dental association, representing more than 159,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. For more information about the ADA, visit ADA.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website MouthHealthy.org.

About CDHP

The Children's Dental Health Project (CDHP) has served as the voice for children's oral health for nearly two decades so that children do not have to suffer from tooth decay, a preventable disease. Based in Washington D.C., CDHP's focus is on identifying and advancing solutions to preventing and managing tooth decay in our youngest population -- solutions that are grounded in the best available research and, where the evidence is lacking, lead efforts to explore new approaches.

About DDPA

The nonprofit Delta Dental Plans Association, based in Oak Brook, Ill., is the national association of Delta Dental member companies, which collectively make up the nation's leading dental benefits provider, with enrollment of over 73 million Americans. For more information, visit our website at deltadental.com.

About NADP

National Association of Dental Plans (NADP), a Texas nonprofit corporation with headquarters in Dallas, Texas, is the representative and recognized resource of the dental benefits industry. NADP is the only national trade organization that includes the full spectrum of dental benefits companies operating in the United States. NADP's members provide Dental HMO, Dental PPO, Dental Indemnity and Discount Dental products to more than 90 percent of the 205 million Americans with dental benefits. For more information visit nadp.org.

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Contact Information

  • CONTACT:
    Rene Chapin
    NADP
    Director of Communications
    (972) 458-6998 x110
    rchapin@nadp.org