The way I see it, I am not exactly sure if Obamacare requires dental coverage for children, or adults for that matter, but I certainly feel that it should. While dental care is not as big of a priority as health care, taking care of your gums and teeth is still very important.
The affordable care act does provide for dental and vision care for children, and that is a good thing. Taking care of the teeth and eyes of young people will serve them well into their adult life and that is going to be good for the population and for the economy in the long run.
The Affordable Care Act includes both dental and vision as essential benefits for children under the age of 18. However not all plans include dental coverage. Although some plans do have dental, the coverage can be purchase as a "stand-alone". There are exceptions as some states do "require" dental coverage for children but that is not a federal requirement. See http://www.nbcnews.com/health/obamacare-faq-dental-vision-care-part-essential-benefits-kids-8C11363336
Obamacare does require that policies cover some dental care for children, however the states have a lot of latitude in determining exactly what falls under this required care and what the costs for this care will be. In many cases that makes the coverage fairly useless as it may only cover routine cleanings but not even cavity treatments, much less orthodontic work.
Obamacare allows for dental coverage options for children. Much of the controversey surrounding this issue comes from the fine print in the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"). The fine prints allows for a lot of leeway in how each individual state will enact certain provisions of the law - including child dental coverage.
Obamacare does not require dental coverage for children. Dental benefits is offered under the new law but it does not require parents to actually purchase it. Families can can choose not to purchase dental coverage for their children, even though it's part of the 'essential health benefits.' Families who don't buy it won't be penalized for having substandard coverage.
No, Obamacare does not Require Dental Coverage for Children. The affordable care act was supposed to demand dental coverage for children but federal Department of Health and Human Services issued a rule allowing New Jersey and other states to leave out mandatory dental coverage for children.Dental issuers lobbied to be able to sell their stand a lone plans and ended up winning that right in an amendment to the aca.