Covered California has announced its selection of pediatric dental health plans, which will ensure that California children as old as 19 will have better dental health.

The announcement takes Covered California one step closer to fulfilling the government mandates of federal health care reform – which is aimed at closing the health insurance gap for millions of Americans.

The six selected companies are, Anthem Dental, Blue Shield of California, Delta Dental of California, Health Net Dental, LIBERTY Dental Plan and Premier Access Dental. The products include stand-alone plans, and can all also can be bundled with health insurance for a single premium.

Nine stand-alone plans are being offered by five of the issuers, while Health Net Dental is available only in a bundled option.

Like Covered California’s health insurance plans, the pediatric dental plans underwent a rigorous screening and competitive bidding process and had to balance access to providers with affordable premiums to qualify.

The dental plans feature a diverse mix of large, multistate insurers and smaller, locally based companies. Stand-alone plan premiums range from less than $10 a month for an HMO plan in some areas to about $30 a month for a DPPO.

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