- What are typical dental insurance costs in Alabama?
- Pediatric dental insurance options in Alabama comply with the ACA’s pediatric dental coverage rules.
- In 2022, at least eight insurers offer dental plans in Alabama’s marketplace
- Off-exchange stand-alone dental plans are available in Alabama.
- See how Medicaid and CHIP cover dental in Alabama.
- Review our list of Alabama dental resources.
Dental insurance in Alabama
Alabama uses the federally facilitated health insurance marketplace HealthCare.gov for the sale of certified individual/family dental plans.
How much does dental insurance cost in Alabama?
For adults who purchase their own stand-alone dental coverage through the exchange, premiums range from $30 to $70 per month.
IHC Specialty Benefits reports that the average monthly premium for a stand-alone family dental plan sold in Alabama over a two-year period (2020-2021) was $38.10. (Typical family size was 1.2 to 1.4 persons.)
If a family is purchasing coverage through the health insurance exchange, the premiums associated with pediatric dental coverage may or may not be offset by premium tax credits (premium subsidies). Here’s more about how that works, depending on whether the health plan has integrated pediatric dental benefits.
Pediatric dental benefits in Alabama
All stand-alone pediatric dental plans available on the Alabama exchange will comply with the ACA’s pediatric dental coverage rules. This means out-of-pocket costs for pediatric dental care will not exceed $375 per child in 2022 (or $750 for all the children on a family’s plan), and there is no cap on medically-necessary pediatric dental benefits.
Alabama’s benchmark plan includes coverage for both basic and major dental services for children.
Eight insurers offer stand-alone dental plans through the Alabama exchange
In 2022, there are eight insurers that offer stand-alone individual/family dental coverage through the health insurance marketplace, with coverage available for both adult and pediatric dental services. These are dental plans that are not included with a medical plan and must be purchased separately:
- Truassure Insurance Company
- Delta Dental
- Renaissance Dental
- BCBS of Alabama
- BEST Life
These plans can be purchased through HealthCare.gov during open enrollment (November 1 to January 15) or during a special enrollment period triggered by a qualifying life event. Exchange-certified stand-alone dental plans are compliant with the ACA’s rules for pediatric dental coverage.
Can I buy dental insurance outside of Alabama’s exchange?
There are also a variety of dental insurers that sell stand-alone dental plans directly to consumers in Alabama. These plans are not subject to the ACA’s essential health benefit rules for pediatric dental coverage, but they are regulated by the Alabama Department of Insurance. If you would like to purchase a non-ACA qualified dental plan, ask a dentist for recommendations or search online.
There are also various dental discount plans available in every state. Dental discount plans are not insurance, but can offer discounted rates at participating dentists. Here’s what you need to know about the differences between dental insurance and dental discount plans.
Medicaid/CHIP dental coverage in Alabama
For adults enrolled in Medicaid in Alabama, there is no dental coverage provided for any level of care. For fully eligible children (up to age 21), Medicaid in Alabama does provide routine preventive and restorative services.
For children in Alabama, there is ALL Kids (which is Alabama’s CHIP), a program which provides coverage to children and pregnant women with income above the eligibility limits for Medicaid. ALL Kids enrollees are able to receive up to $1,500 in covered dental benefits per year.