A few highlights from the presentation: There are a total of 2,600,000 Covered California pediatric dental subsidy-eligible Californians and 1,980,000 Covered California pediatric dental non-subsidy eligible Californians.
Informal requests for information to bidders for pediatric dental were made to all plans. 13 plans were contacted and of the plans that responded, a majority expressed that they were willing to develop an embedded product. 2 out of the 10 plans that responded expressed that they were unwilling to develop an embedded product. Of the plans that responded, 6 plans expressed that they would have the ability to develop an embedded product no earlier than 2015. 2 plans expressed that they might have the ability to develop an embedded product in 2014 or before 2015–but not if they were competing against plans that did not have this benefit embedded. Based on these results and the short amount of time until the launch in October, Covered California staff concluded there was “no silver bullet” for resolving the issue in 2014, and recommended that the board continue with offering the stand-alone plans for year one. But they recognized there was a need to change for 2015.
The Executive Director provided an update on upcoming town hall meetings through August. Town halls provide an opportunity for stakeholders to give feedback and ask questions, provide an update on Covered California’s progress, current plans and outreach and community education strategies and lastly, what you can do to help ensure every Californian has access to affordable health insurance. Town halls will be held in San Francisco, Oakland, Cerritos, Bakersfield, Hanford and Sacramento throughout the month of August. Seating is limited and prior registration is recommended. To register, please call 1-888-975-1141.