A dental working group at the District of Columbia HealthBenefit Exchange Authority has published a dental options report that illustratessome of the choices exchange builders are making.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires federalregulators to work with officials in the District of Columbia andall 50 states to set up exchanges, or Web-based health insurancesupermarkets, for individuals and small groups by Oct. 1.

Each plan sold in an exchange is supposed to offer coverage foran "essential health benefits" package. PPACA requires the packageto include pediatric dental benefits.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.