Almost by chance, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has led to more young people enjoying dental insurance.

This was among the nuggets mined from research conducted by three members of the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute. They examined two years of health coverage data focusing on dental benefits coverage, dental care utilization, and financial barriers to dental care.

What they found was that more employers are now offering extended family benefits with dental insurance that include family members up to age 26. During the research period, access to dental care by this young consumer group (ages 19-26) increased nearly 7 percent.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.