(Jan. 21) – A bill by Rep. Beth McCann (D-Denver) to standardize the provision of pediatric dental care for health plans inside and outside the Colorado health exchange, Connect for Health Colorado, passed the House this morning on a bipartisan 41-22 vote.

“This bill will protect consumers inside and outside of Colorado’s health exchange,” Rep. McCann said. “It will increase Coloradan’s access to pediatric oral health care by ensuring every health plan includes pediatric dental coverage.”

Presently, federal regulations require that health plans offered outside of the health exchange must include pediatric dental benefits. However within in the exchange they must only be offered.

The bill received support from the Colorado Association of Health Plans and the Colorado Children’s Campaign during committee hearings last week.

“This is a common sense solution because it cuts administrator regulatory burdens and will not increase consumers’ premiums,” Rep. McCann said. “I am looking forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to pass this bill and send it to the governor’s desk.”

HB14-1053 will now move to the Senate.

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