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Understanding Health Care Reform


What does Health Care Reform mean for you?

What does Health Care Reform  mean for you?

As you know by now, you won’t see much impact to how you treat and provide care to your patients. You can expect the same level of service. Reimbursement and billing and claims practices will remain unchanged.

The ACA will have little impact on most of your patients.

Your patients who receive their health and dental benefits through work will probably continue to receive their benefits through work just like they do today.

Your patients who work for small businesses may see some changes.

Beginning in 2014, Health Care Reform imposed a new requirement on certain health benefits for most small business employers . For these businesses, medical carriers will be required to offer a medical plan containing 10 essential health benefits. Pediatric dental benefits for children up to age 19 are part of the essential health benefits .

To help small businesses provide plans that comply with Health Care Reform, the ACA also requires each state to establish a health insurance marketplace  or participate in the federal health insurance marketplace. Every small employer chooses whether to participate in one of the marketplaces or offer ACA-compliant insurance on their own.

So, some of your small-business patients may see changes to their dental plans or sign up for dental benefits differently. But, again, that won't affect how you provide care or are reimbursed.

For more information, visit the MetDental website. You can read up on the ACA at, a website created by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, one of the federal agencies responsible for the implementation of the new law.


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