Large Companies More Likely to Offer Dental
TUESDAY, Sept. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Larger companies and those
in more populated areas of the United States are more likely to
offer dental insurance to workers, finds the first comprehensive
study on the issue.
The analysis of state-by-state and nationwide dental insurance
coverage offered by 6.4 million employers was conducted by
researchers at the University of Maryland Dental School in
Baltimore and the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and
They found that 56 percent of U.S. companies offered health
insurance, 35 percent offered dental insurance, and 63 percent of
those that offered health insurance also offered dental
Alaska had the highest percentage of firms offering both health
and dental coverage (80.8 percent), while the lowest was Vermont,
at 42.8 percent.
Businesses that offer dental insurance are more likely to employ
a greater number of people, have more than one location and be
older, more established companies.
The study appears in the
Journal of the American Dental Association.
The U.S. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
offers tips for finding
low-cost dental care.
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