6 notable payer moves so far in 2022

From acquisitions to dental benefit expansions, here are six notable payer moves that have taken place this year:

1. CMS expanded the number of dental services it will pay for as part of its finalized 2023 Physician Fee Schedule.

2. Health insurance company Humana expanded dental benefits for many Medicare Advantage enrollees in 2023.

3. Liberty Dental Plan will begin providing dental benefits to members in Kaiser Permanente's Mid-Atlantic region in 2024 as part of a partnership between the two companies.

4. In October, all 50 states and Washington, D.C., began offering dental coverage for Medicaid enrollees who are pregnant and postpartum through at least 60 days after pregnancy.

5. Eight states passed laws regarding dental provider network leasing, virtual credit cards and noncovered services in 2022.

6. DentaQuest, the second-largest dental benefits provider in the U.S. by membership, was acquired by global financial services firm Sun Life Financial in June.

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