- What are typical dental insurance costs in Alaska?
- Pediatric dental insurance options in Alaska comply with the ACA’s pediatric dental coverage rules.
- In 2022, two insurers offer dental plans in Alaska’s marketplace.
- Off-exchange stand-alone dental plans are available in Alaska.
- See how Medicaid and CHIP cover dental in Alaska.
- Review our list of Alaska dental resources.
Dental insurance in Alaska
Alaska uses the federally facilitated health insurance marketplace HealthCare.gov for the sale of certified individual/family dental plans.
Not all insurers who offer medical plans through the Alaska exchange include dental coverage with their health plans, but stand-alone dental plans are available for purchase that cover both adults and children.
How much does dental insurance cost in Alaska?
For adults who purchase their own stand-alone or family dental coverage through the exchange, premiums range from $60 to $100 per month.
IHC Specialty Benefits reports that the average monthly premium for a stand-alone family dental plan sold in Alaska over a two-year period (2020-2021) was $77.65. (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 Alaska
The stand-alone pediatric dental plans available on the Alaska 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.
Alaska’s benchmark plan includes coverage for both basic and major dental services for children.
Two insurers offer stand-alone dental plans through the Alaska exchange
In 2022, there are two 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:
- BEST Life
- Delta Dental of Alaska
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 Alaska’s exchange?
There are also a variety of dental insurers that sell stand-alone dental plans directly to consumers in Alaska. These plans are not subject to the ACA’s essential health benefit rules for pediatric dental coverage, but they are regulated by the Alaska Division 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.
To find plans in your area, search online for dental discount plans and the state you are looking to buy a plan in.
Medicaid/CHIP dental coverage in Alaska
Adults enrolled in Medicaid in Alaska are eligible to receive emergency dental services only for acute pain or infection. Alaska also offers eligible adults an enhanced dental benefit with more comprehensive coverage with up to $1,150 in annual dental services. Children (up to age 21) are eligible for comprehensive dental benefits in conjunction with Denali KidCare..