Aetas dental plan, which covers Westfield, Teva, American Express and other large insurers, has canceled dental coverage of its employees because of the company’s decision to phase out its Obamacare health plans in 2018.
According to the company, the decision to cut off dental coverage came at the request of the American Medical Association, which said in a letter that its members would not be able to access coverage under Obamacare because of its requirement that all insurers cover a set number of preventive services.
The association’s letter, signed by doctors, nurses, and other health professionals, said the dental plan had been offering coverage for several years, and that the decision was made at the last minute because of Aeta’s decision.
“As a result of the Aetans decision, the American medical association will no longer be able provide dental coverage to our members and the entire health care industry,” Aetan Health said in the letter, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.
Aetas spokesperson Chris Krosko confirmed that the company had canceled dental insurance plans for some of its workers.
“We’ve made the decision because of an issue with the ACA.
We’re not able to provide coverage for the whole healthcare industry at the moment,” Krosk told the newspaper.
The dental plan’s cancellation comes as the ACA continues to fall short of a full repeal of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, or ACA, which requires all Americans to have coverage from an employer.
It also includes coverage for children, disabled people, and pregnant women.
The Trump administration, however, is expected to sign a waiver in the coming weeks to extend coverage to millions of the ACA’s 2.3 million participants.
“The Aetash plan will be available for all Aetase customers, as it has been in the past, including for some employees, but the ACA requires that all employers cover certain preventive services,” the insurer said in an email.
“We look forward to continuing to provide dental care to our customers in 2018.”