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How Should Exchange Handle Vision, Dental Coverage?

Along with medical coverage, state-run health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act have the option of offering vision and dental coverage.

This summer, the California Health Benefit Exchange elected not to offer stand-alone vision plans. That brought a chorus of criticism and now the exchange is planning to revisit that decision.

The Affordable Care Act provides some guidelines for vision and dental coverage — guidelines that differ for children and adults. But as it does with medical coverage, the ACA leaves the details pretty much up to state officials.

We asked stakeholders and consumers how the California Health Benefit Exchange should handle dental and vision coverage.

We got responses from: