The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will impact dental insurance in numerous ways - many unintended, say those in the industry, leading to both positive and negative effects in the short and long term.
"When the Affordable Care Act was written the main focus was on medical, and dental was sprinkled throughout - sometimes purposely and sometimes without thinking about the ramifications on the dental industry," says Joanne Fontana, a consulting actuary at Milliman in Windsor, Conn. "Dental, more so than medical, has to deal with a lot of changes coming up."
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