Delta Dental of Vermont questions combined coverage plan

Delta Dental says Vermont's new health insurance exchange, Vermont Health Connect, could leave many of its 150,000 members with poorer coverage and higher out-of-pocket expenses.

In 2014, the exchange will become the sole health insurance marketplace for about 120,000 Vermont residents who buy insurance individually or through an employer with 50 or fewer employees, according to a story on

The Green Mountain Care Board voted in October 2012 to not make adult dental coverage an essential benefit in Vermont, but dental plans can still be sold on Vermont Health Connect as standalone plans or as part of comprehensive health insurance plans, according to VTDigger.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, the state's largest health insurer, has embedded pediatric dental benefits in its proposed plans for the exchange.

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